A quick walk around No.6 tank after an early finish. There were Common Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler in good numbers along Lordship Lane with Chiffchaff calling in a couple of places. On No.6 there were many Common Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, a few Shoveler and Mute Swan in attendance. Also on the water were a flock of Black-tailed Godwit with Redshank and a single Dunlin which was in summer plumage.
The numerous Swift and Martins attracted the attention of a Hobby which shot over in pursuit of its prey and was lost to sight. The mitigation pools on No.3 tank had young Lapwing feeding on the edge with their parents on constant alert and pursuing any passing crow or buzzard. The 3 Avocet were busy feeding while the Black-head Gull was still sitting tight. There were several broods of Coot noted and the Canada Goose pair were on the secluded pool with their brood. A juvenile Pied Wagtail was being fed by its parents over on No.4 and Skylark were singing overhead.
Observer and image 1: Paul Ralston.
The drake Garganey was again on No.6 tank where 293 Black-tailed Godwit were present.
Observer: Tony Broome.
Image 2 by Emily Traynor.