A watch over No.6 tank and a chat with the Chester boys on their Thursday evening bird walk.
The water level on No.6 tank is irritatingly high and it’s a case of another early August with very few shorebirds to wade through. A lone Common Snipe was flushed out of the daisy beds by a wayward Coot and that would have been the wader highlight if it wasn’t for a dusk fly over Greenshank which circled several times before heading out to the Canal Pools/river after failing to find a suitable shallow spot to feed.
Duck numbers were back to normal and a gathering of 146 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Pochard, 340 Common Teal, Gadwall, Common Shelduck, and Mallard filling the open water. A Water Rail was calling from the reeds below the banks.
A couple of Marsh Harrier were over No.4 tank and are presumed the juvenile birds. Common Buzzard could be found perched up across the marsh while a Sparrowhawk was out on manoeuvres.
A passage of 300 hirundines were moving through mostly being Swallow. The post breeding/juvenile build up of Starling included 500 birds gathering over the mitigation area.
Another splendid currant bun filled the end of the evening as it slipped out of sight behind tomorrows rain clouds far out on the horizon.
Observer and images: WSM.