The water level on No.6 tank is higher perhaps than we would have liked but the ducks have found these conditions ideal for their needs. The area of water has expanded out into the Michaelmas Daisy clumps and traditionally when this happens it provides easy access to the seed pods which the ducks love.
A flock of 11 Wigeon flew in and immediately made for these flowers and could be watched feasting on the seeds. Also in attendance were 7 Shoveler, 5 Pintail and Gadwall.
Over 300 Common Teal were crammed in on the secluded pool and after the birds got use to me sitting on the bank, an eclipse drake Garganey appeared and was watched preening until a vehicle, a bright yellow digger with its bucket raised on the track below spooked the flock and they left en masse.
Other birds of note was the Peregrine on the blue-topped chimney, 1 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 102 Tufted Duck, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and a sub-singing Grasshopper Warbler. Additionally, a mixed flock of 100 Swallow, Sand and House Martins.
Observer and image: WSM