The Weaver estuary still held on to its summering flock of Black-tailed Godwits with a slight reduction on yesterdays numbers (500 birds). The elusive (if that’s possible) Black Swan was again on the Weaver estuary. Nearby, the Cuckoo pairs were again at Redwall reed bed so get them now before they mate, lay and leave but if you find something odd (tell me first!).
The male Marsh Harrier wandered through.
A 1st Summer Grey Plover, 20 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover joined 6 Avocet on the mitigation area over high tide.
Observers: Alyn Chambers (image 2) , Sean O’Hara, Frank Duff, Sparky, WSM.
On Friday and yesterday a fine summer male Red-backed Shrike found its way to the fence line (by the pipes) on No.1 tank and gave excellent views to two very fortunate observers. Alas, circumstances worked against a much wider audience (perhaps lessons should be learnt here) and the bird was nowhere to be found today. Like all rare things it vanished!