A slow amble along Moorditch Lane where we bumped into Arthur H who we hadn’t seen for a while. It was a pleasant surprise and after a chat we continued our walk along Moorditch Lane. The contractors have again dug up the ramp track to No.5 tank after finding some faulty wiring so bypassing them we continued along Moorditch to join MacDuff at the junction of Lordship Lane.
The flooded stubble field close to the model aircraft flying field was holding a flock of Black-tailed Godwit and at least 12 Whimbrel were with them. Nearby, a Whinchat was perched up in the stubble but soon after found the barb wire fence much to its liking and sat out for long periods. A couple of Swift flew over heading north.
Just a few metres over the banks on No.6 tank were 6 Whimbrel which joined up with 500 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Redshank, 4 Avocet and a couple of Ringed Plover. The flooded areas were alive with Common Shelduck and in comparison other duck species were in much lower numbers. Walking back along Moorditch Lane the banks facing south-east were alive with warblers and Whitethroat, Willow, Sedge and Chiffchaff all vied with each other to out sing themselves. There were several hundred hirundines hawking low over the track and in the late evening it started to have a feel that summer was almost upon us.
The partial leucistic Jackdaw was again present in the corvid flock roaming around the flooded fields adjacent to the M56 off Moorditch Lane.
A Smooth Newt was watched to climb out of the water channel into the area of one of the culverts. Arthur mentioned that he had seen at least three good-sized eels here last week.
As featured yesterday the first instalment of the wind farm is gaining some notoriety. I thought the crane was very high but compared to the height of this machine even without its wings we’re in for an interesting period locally.