My walk took a slight diversion this evening where I took the opportunity of watching from the south bank of No.6 tank. The thick cloud and low sun didn’t give the right angle of light and most of the birds present were more or less in silhouettes. However the big numbers of Redshank that were present yesterday appeared to have been much reduced and down to 170 birds. On first inspection it didn’t appear that there was much out on the tank but with time a flock of 46 Black-tailed Godwit and 20 Ruff flew in from the west. The Ruff were a mixture of males and reeves with one particular bird beginning to attain a few ornate white plumes on its neck. The Avocet number were down to six birds and a flock of 67 Curlew were keeping very much to their traditional drier areas to the west side of the tank.
Ducks were difficult to count and of the Common Teal viewable I guess there were 123. Common Shelduck are starting to form nuptial groups with much jostling for the prettiest birds. Tufted Duck only managed 43 with a complete absence of Common Pochard.
There was a steady trickle of Raven moving south to their roost. A 1st summer Marsh Harrier flew in from the east while the Peregrine was back on the blue topped chimney and a solitary Kestrel was wind hovering over the banks.
The Whooper Swan herd continue to be frequenting the fields by the M56 and it won’t be long before they start to head north for the summer.
Observer: WSM (images).