It was a murky, muggy kind of day for the big 11.40 am high tide. As it happened you would have thought on a big tide any shorebirds out on the river would have dropped in. Despite the lack of waders variety there were a few highlights worth sharing.
Out on the receding waters of No.6 tank were 312 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank and 6 Avocet (a further 12 on No.3 tank) and 24 Lapwing and several still territorial on the drier areas.
Waterfowl included 124 Common Shelduck, 6 drake and 3 female Common Teal, 3 drake Common Pochard, 43 Tufted Duck, 31 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 14 Mallard, 23 Coot, 4 Moorhen and 37 Canada Goose (some with goslings).
A couple of doting Ringed Plover parents looking over 3 leggy chicks If you look really hard you can just about make them out on the image above.
I haven’t seen a Little Egret on the marshes for a while but one dropped in for a brief period.
There was plenty of frenzied singing/food carrying and territory defending from a variety of passerines with Reed, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff being the most vociferous. A short video of one of them here: Chiffchaff video