29.03.17. Birdlog

The threat of rain was in the air this evening but nonetheless it didn’t deter me from my goal. I walked through the periods of showers until I reached the banks overlooking No.6 tank. I could hear the sounds of Golden Plover but it took a while before they appeared in flight from the rushy area on the south end of the tank. After a while they settled down with a similar number of 20 Ruff. Small numbers of Lapwing and Curlew were also present but the godwit flock had vacated the area (for now). A small number of 6 Avocet were feeding in the shallows.

Tufted Duck featured a relatively big flock with 64 birds but again no Common Pochard. A pair of Pintail and 230 Common Teal were flushed from the flooded vegetation.

Over on the mitigation area were 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 30 Common Teal and 23 Shoveler.

Four Common Buzzard were hanging in the air riding the uplifts from the steep banks of the tank and presumably in attendance to a female which the other three were curiously attentive to. An adult Peregrine flew over to No.4 tank but didn’t linger.

Walking back to my car and a Cetti’s Warbler aimed a few blasts of song from a bramble patch and shown itself very briefly. A lone Sand Martin flew overhead into the wind but generally summer migrants are not showing in force just yet.

Observer: WSM (images).

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