A brief evening visit in between periods of rainfall. I walked along the south side of No.5 overlooking No.6 tank. The first bird I noticed was a drake Garganey which swam towards me and settled to preen below the bank in thick vegetation. There was a lot of ducks present tonight with Common Shelduck, Gadwall and Tufted Duck showing similar numbers to a few days ago (so no change really), the drake Common Pochard was again here with a couple of drake Common Teal and the odd Shoveler.
A flock of 150 Black-tailed Godwit were roosting in the centre of the water while just 3 Dunlin could be found on the muddy margins with 2-3 Redshank.
The real highlight of the watch was the 500 Common Swift and 200 mixed hirundines hawking insects which had been forced down by the low cloud and rain.
The shallow scrapes on No.3 tank were a disappointment and relatively birdless with just a solitary Avocet present.
Observer and images: WSM.