07.06.17. Birdlog

A very brief visit after work for an hour. The sightings are really a matter of completeness for the time of year with migration generally over for a few weeks. The assembled groups of ducks included a majority Common Shelduck with tens of both Mallard and Gadwall. The Tufted Duck flocks have vacated No.6 tank for the time being with just a handful present. A couple of Drake Shoveler and a drake Common Pochard were perhaps the highlight.

It comes to something when the largest flock of waders on the sludge tank are Dunlin but this evenings gathering saw 21 birds with 8 Ringed Plover. A dismal 17 Black-tailed Godwit was very low but one of them stood out with its fiery red plumage.

A female Marsh Harrier was floating over the reed beds and several Common Buzzard were about.

The mitigation area on No.3 tank was virtually devoid of any birds except for a single Gadwall.

There were plenty of Common Swift hawking insects above the banks of the tanks.

Observer and images: WSM.