15.07.17. Birdlog

An afternoon watch from the north banks of No.6 tank had quite a few birds already in situ with c100 Tufted Duck occupying the eastern section of the water. My watch period continued up to the high tide but most birds had already arrived by then. The highlight was two summer plumaged Greenshank.

A flock of 300 Black-tailed Godwit drew in two summer male Ruff, 150 Redshank and 320 Dunlin. A couple of Common Sandpiper were busy chasing each other off the best feeding patches below my watch point. A Little Egret dropped in briefly before relocating on the deserted mitigation area.

The  Peregrine was again watching from the lip of the towering blue topped chimney over at Weston Point. Near to home were 3 young Kestrel squabbling or play fighting on and over the drier areas of the sludge tank and a Hobby did its usual dart through. A Common Buzzard temporarily spooked the godwit flock and a juvenile Marsh Harrier was gliding over the far reed beds.

Over on No.1 tank there were 3 juvenile Stonechat being chased about by a male Wheatear and several emerging Gatekeeper Butterfly were very visible today.

Observers: Paul Crawley (image 5), Frank Duff, Paul Ralston and WSM (images 1-4 & 6).