An early morning scan across No.6 tank from its north-east corner revealed most of the birds present to be rather distant. Attention was drawn however to a small elderberry bush which, being bathed in early morning sunshine, hosted a remarkable 5 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warblers and a Chiffchaff. A walk along the top track revealed 2 more Whitethroat, 3 more Chiffchaff, at least 3 Reed Warbler and a couple of Blackcap. Waders in and around the shallow margins totalled 79 Black-tailed Godwits, 22 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, a Common Snipe, 3 Redshank and around 300 Lapwing. Ducks included 340 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 37 Shelduck and 32 Tufted Duck. A single Little Grebe was also present.
An excursion over to the Weaver Bend proved a little disappointing as the only waders of note were a couple of Black-tailed Godwit. A White Wagtail was on the bend itself and 16 Little Grebe on the estuary. A Hobby swept low over Marsh Lane as I returned to my car. .
Back at No.6 tank, by mid morning there was a small but steady southerly passage of Swallow overhead and a Yellow Wagtail flew east. A young Grey Wagtail was near the towers on the south bank. A few more waders had arrived, including 11 Dunlin and a couple of Ringed Plover, and a further scan of the Lapwing flock revealed an elegant Spotted Redshank. Finally, a Little Egret was flushed from a secluded pool and settled amongst the main wader flock.
Observer: Greg Baker