A text from Sean and we were heading down to No.6 tank to watch a female Long-tailed Duck (SO) associating with a pair of Tufted Duck on the eastern side of No.6 tank and a fine bird it was as well. Long-tailed Duck video here: https://vimeo.com/129803741
The pumping of sludge into the tank is beginning to encourage other birds to utilise the flooded habitat and I’m sure that sooner or later something a little unusual will show up here?
A Little Egret was also present in the flood area with Common Shelduck and more Tufted Ducks. The Grey Heron continue to brood here.
A Cuckoo was still along Redwall reedbed with another by Marsh Lane bridge. Other birds of note: Lesser Whitethroat, 200 Common Swift and a Marsh Harrier.
Observers: Sean O’Hara, Frank Duff, Sparky, WSM (and images).
A visit over to Hale at 9.00 pm and with just a handful of other birders the Corncrake put in a brilliant performance and was on view at one time for 15 minutes and a little later calling constantly with more uninterrupted views for 20 minutes. A rare find and such a privilege to be so close to enjoy this unprecedented visitor to the banks of the river.
Corncrake singing video here: https://vimeo.com/129751798
Observers: Sparky, Emily Traynor, WSM (video and images 1 – 5).