An early dart from work and an early evening birdwatch over No.6 tank. I bumped into Macduff along the track above No.6 tank and we settled on the bank overlooking the secluded pool where a tidy flock of 80 Common Teal were ‘hanging out’ until the appearance of a marauding juvenile Peregrine upset the scene with its newly acquired aerobatics skills. The adult was some distance away perched up on her usual spot.
Five Ruff flew in for a bathe and preen and later 15 birds joined the Wood Sandpiper which reappeared in the evening (PR) but generally it was a little quiet.
The water level on six continues to increase and although ideal for a couple of Pintail and Wigeon and an assortment of various other species but it was not suitable of the shorebirds thus the lack of reports lately.
A small passage of hirundines held 3 Common Swift and likewise Meadow Pipits were on the move. A tatty looking Chiffchaff was in elder bushes on No.5 tank where a juvenile Whitethroat was contact calling.
Butterflies included a couple of Painted Lady, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Gatekeeper which are everywhere this summer.
Observers: Frank Duff, Paul Ralston (image 3), WSM (and images 1-2 & 4-7)