One of 20 Ruff present on the marsh this evening.
A model aircraft flyers plane made a crash landing on No.6 tank. If anyone from the model aircraft is reading this then please avoid flying your crafts over the sludge tank. This is migration season and birds that are feeding here during high tide need to replenish their food reserves for their long migration to their wintering grounds. Disturbing birds at their roost/feeding grounds is illegal.
With the afternoon tides steadily losing height over the last few days it was no surprise to not be seeing the volume of shorebirds like earlier in the week. The most dominant birds present on No.6 tank were Common Teal with 400 birds gathered in groups far and wide.
The female type Garganey appeared close into the bank for a short period before melting back into the throng.
The first Pintail of the autumn were upending by some of drainage towers. A selection of other species included 23 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, Gadwall and Common Shelduck.
The secluded pool had a few Gadwall and a Water Rail there was tossing up fallen reed stems for food and in turn flushed out a Common Snipe which was dozing nearby.
There were also 3 Little Egret (image below) out on the river and a juv/female Marsh Harrier was knocking about (PR).
Observers: Frank Duff, Paul Lee, Paul Ralston (image 9), David Saunders, Mike Turton, Sparky, WSM (images 1-2 & 4-8).