08.07.17. Birdlog

An afternoon walk around No.6 tank in the warm sunshine started with a couple of female Shoveler with the Tufted Duck flock. There were 4 Avocet, Redshank, Dunlin and a single Common Sandpiper close to 200 feeding Black-tailed Godwit which were spread about the tank.  

A flock of juveniles Starling were seen to bunch up making shapes over Marsh Farm and doing their best to evade an unseen (by me) threat. A Green Sandpiper was seen to leave the shallow pool near to the ‘Splashing Pool’.

The female Marsh Harrier flew low over the area and 2-3 young birds were notable. I was walking back along Lordship Lane when a Grey Heron left the ditch carrying a young Moorhen and settled in the ‘shrike field’ alongside Hares Lane to finish it off.

Butterflies were numerous with Comma, Gatekeeper, Large White and Peacock Butterflies all enjoying the warm weather to feed.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.