A circular walk around the perimeter of No.6 tank after work and to keep an eye on the contractors forging ahead with their redevelopment of No.4 tank.
37 Dunlin were all retaining their fine breeding plumage except for one individual. At least two moulting Ruff were hiding in the tall vegetation close to the drain towers overlooked by a Common Buzzard.
Black-tailed Godwit numbers were much reduced in numbers and perhaps the weekend tides may encourage those out on the river to enjoy the benefits of the flooded tank here. A juvenile Little Ringed Plover and a scattering of both Lapwing and Redshank made up the other species present.
The juvenile Black-necked Grebe gave some impressive views from the viewing area just up from the ramp. 120 Tufted Duck included a few Pochard, 1 Wigeon and 44 Common Teal.
Walking back along the track we found a dead Whitethroat with no obvious signs of its demise.
Black-necked Grebe video from this evening: https://vimeo.com/133698071
Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).