21.06.15. Summer Solstice
A stiff breeze kept the temperatures down but we still wandered out along the tracks of No.5 tank. The busy vehicle movement during mid-week is nonexistent come Sunday and it helps with birds being less unsettled by the noise and dust clouds.
A bloke motoring a quad bike with two children riding pillion (one aged about 2 years) gives you food for thought on the value of parental care?
The expanse of No.6 tank continues to attract birds so 5 Avocet joined up with the reduced flock of summering Black-tailed Godwit, I thought I caught the call of a Greenshank on the breeze but I wasn’t able to see or hear it again.
A Cuckoo was along the fence line on No.5 tank but was only a one observer bird. Also noted were a couple of Peregrines on the blue-topped power station chimney over and above the Weaver Estuary.
Walking back and a Painted Lady Butterfly looked all the worst for its long flight.
Observers: Alyn Chambers, Frank Duff, Idris and Jacqui Roberts, Sparky, WSM (and images)