A day off and a mid afternoon birding walk along the track on the south side of No.5 but looking south to No.6 tank. A fine gathering of summer ducks included: 116 Tufted Duck, 11 Common Pochard, 4 Shoveler and the usual commoner ducks with their ducklings in tow.
The 3 Little Egret were again wading through the tall boggy grass on the south side with 19 Mute Swan for company. A Great Crested Grebe was standing guard over his brooding partner while a family party of Dabchick scooted past.
The Black-tailed Godwit flock were as always feeding in the flooded vegetation and equally frustrating was the views of 24 Common Teal which are rapidly moulting out of their breeding plumage. I say frustrating because I agree with Mr Craven over at Hale that the Green-winged is possibly concealed here somewhere?
The godwit and duck flocks were very agitated and would often fly up and around for short periods as if there was an imminent threat! It all came apparent when a male Cuckoo flew across the area (all Sparrowhawk like).
The recent arrival of low flying Common Swift were again in their hundreds over the banks of six.
The Peregrine was again perched up on the blue-topped chimney before being disturbed by the ‘copper chopper’ patrolling over Weston Point and the surrounding area on the lookout for ‘scrote’ activity no doubt.
Observer and images: WSM.