A big increase with ducks onto the open water and in the flooded daisy beds of No.6 tank. My count included seeing 12 Little Grebe, 34 Wigeon, 230 Common Teal, 103 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Pochard, 143 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 32 Common Shelduck, 14 Gadwall and 18 Mute Swan. A sad sight was of a juvenile Shelduck sucked up to its flanks by the sticky mud. It lay in an area which could not be reached and would have posed too dangerous for rescue. The first Avocet of the month dropped in for a feed, bathe and preen while a couple of Black-tailed Godwit joined up with 8 Ruff on the exposed muddy areas.
During the course of my observation a juvenile Marsh Harrier put most of the ducks to the wing when it got too close for their comfort. Other raptors present were 6 Kestrel, 7 Common Buzzard and a Hobby chasing down a flock of 340 House Martin that had dropped in.
There were many butterflies and dragonflies still on the wing and wind along the sheltered warm track on No.5 tank.
Observer and images: WSM.