A walk down by the river to the Weaver Bend and back to the old log and then over No.6 tank and the mitigation area.
The Weaver Estuary held tens of Tufted Duck with a few pairs of Great Crested Grebe. A juvenile Black-headed Gull suggests it was born locally and not far from the river.
Hundreds of Swifts were low flying over my head along the Weaver Causeway and always entertaining to watch.
A Black-tailed Godwit was in the Lum with 3 drake Teal, 6 Gadwall and 7 Oystercatcher. On the way back a Cuckoo was back in the fields bordering Redwall reed bed.
A drive over to No.6 tank and Common Shelduck were there in big numbers along with 26 Gadwall, 2 drake Pochard and 120 Tufted Duck. A little surprise was 5 Avocet in the recently flooded vegetation.
The mitigation had 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 summer Dunlin and both Ringed and Little Ringed Plover.
A secret site held loads of Southern Marsh Orchid and swarms of tens of thousands of Mosquitoe (and the one illustrated is a male) were on the wing attracting the Swift to the area from Redwall reed bed all the way along the river to the Weaver Bend. It is obvious these insects have recently emerged and that common this evening that they covered every available surface including the tripod legs, camera, my coat, trousers everything with a surface and even some without.
Observer: WSM (and images)