An early evening walk along the track above the northern banks of No.6 tank with a strong blustery wind from the south-west was pleasant and warm. There was enough shelter from the trees that edged the banks to watch the birds below.
340 Black-tailed Godwit were again feeding in the open water close to where I was watching and they encouraged a single Common Snipe and 14 Ruff to feed close by.
During the course of the observation a male Marsh Harrier flew straight over the godwits and barely caused a flutter (perhaps they have began to realise this raptor is looking for smaller fry). A little later a juvenile bird was attempting to find shelter from the wind on the more exposed area of No.4 tank.
Ducks were keeping close to the southern banks where 25 Common Teal, 49 Tufted Duck, female Ruddy Shelduck and 80 Common Shelduck were sheltering. On the secluded pool there were 30 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, a single Common Teal and the female Garganey. A juvenile Yellow and Pied Wagtail were bathing.
Observer and images: WSM