A walk around the Weaver Bend this morning starting at Brook Furlong Lane. Chiffchaff and Reed Warbler singing loud and proud in the hedge and reeds along the lane with Wren, Blackbird and Song Thrush joining in.
On to the river bank more Reed and Sedge Warbler with Reed Bunting were seen and heard. Two male Pochard were amongst the Shelduck, tufted Duck, Gadwell and Mallard on the river and a least a dozen Great Crested Grebe were fishing successfully. Swifts and martins were hunting high up over the river and Starlings were in a flock of approx 300 birds which drew the attention of a passing Sparrowhawk.
The Shooters’ Pool held more Tufted Duck and Gadwell with the addition of a moulting male Shoveler and single drake Common Teal and a Black-tailed Godwit. The Black Swan was keeping company with Mute on the Weaver Bend and a Willow Warbler sang nearby.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
An additional Black Swan was on No.6 tank, while the second bird favoured the Weaver Bend and that area also attracted an Avocet. Back to No.6 tank and a couple of drake Wigeon, 2 Pochard and 70 Tufted Duck (mostly males) were evident, The Lum had a ‘reeling’ Grasshopper Warbler while a lovely male Whinchat was star struck at Redwall reed bed.
The mitigation area on No.3 tank had a single Dunlin, a Black-tailed Godwit, a splendid Ruff with a fine black feather mane. A Ringed Plover with chicks, also a Little Ringed Plover and a Yellow Wagtail. The male Marsh Harrier was again over six and a Cuckoo over the mitigation site plus Water Rail calling closeby.
A Painted Lady added a bit of colour to the black pipes on No.1 tank.
Observers: Sean O’Hara, Paul Crawley, Frank Duff.