An evening bird watch along the track bordering to the south No.6 and to the north No.5 tanks. There was 11 Chaffinch in Elder trees and several Blue Tit. The water level on No.6 tank is the at the fullest I’ve ever seen and it extends out towards the centre of the tank. It is obvious that the recent periods of rain have helped to rise the water levels here which have the benefit of encouraging ducks to settle and feed. A count of 28 Pochard with 8 Tufted Duck, c200 Shoveler, 180 Common Teal, 40 Common Shelduck, 14 Mallard and 7 Gadwall were to be expected. Also present at the Cormorant roost were 15 carbo’s and c4 sinensis birds. The sound of amorous Water Rails were heard this evening with squeaks, grunts and squeals emitting from the flooded reed beds, if that amounts to a romantic love song then the females are easily impressed.
The number of Common Buzzard are quite impressive with a scan revealing 8 birds. Raven were again in good numbers and a gathering of Starlings didn’t linger for long and continued their flight onto their roost sites elsewhere
.Observer and images: WSM