Out this morning around No.6 tank starting from the model aircraft flying field at Lordship Lane. Reed Warbler were commonplace in the ditch alongside the lane (including one equipped with a leg iron) and were joined by smaller numbers of Reed Bunting and Sedge Warbler.
A Common Buzzard was feeding on a young rabbit at the southern end of 6 and was then chased off by some Lapwing. The outflow pipe was pouring black sediment water on to 6 raising the water level and thus attracting the attention of several types of small bird after the displaced insects. Again the Whitethroat were contact calling as i walked by and both Chiffchaff and Blackcap were seen and heard. The scrapes on No.3 held 15 Avocet, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Shoveler, Common Shelduck and Gadwall noted. There was just the single Avocet chick seen but the other may have been in the vegetation?
Continuing my walk and a charm of Goldfinch brushed past my ear in total panic and several more took cover as a Hobby went passed in pursuit mode.
No.6 tank held the summering flock of Black-tailed Godwit along with good numbers of Common Shelduck, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, Pochard and a small numbers of Common Teal.
The mammal highlight was a Brown Hare observed feeding in a field well away from potential danger.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.