A few sightings from the River Weaver this afternoon. There were 2 Brown Rat feeding under a water trough along Brook Furlong Lane while nearby a family of Wren were in the hedgerow. A couple of Chiffchaff and Whitethroat were feeding in a bramble patch and a Reed Bunting with a metal ring on its leg was noted.
Common Buzzard have been scarce recently so a juvenile sat in a tree by the river was pleasing to see.
Out on the river were 8 Common Sandpiper feeding on a patch of exposed mud while several more were seen along the river bank. Four Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin, several Ringed Plover and a single Turnstone were also seen. A large flock of Black-headed Gull were on the water with
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-4).
A brief period of birding after work and a look over the north banks of No.6 tank. There were plenty of adult Common Shelduck with c100 young birds from various ages ‘shelducklings’ to juveniles. A few Gadwall were with the 50 Mallard, 160 Tufted Duck and the female was again with her 7 ‘tuftlings’. A drake Common Pochard was the first here for a while. There were 2 Mute Swan, 10 Common Teal and 12 Little Grebe adding to the avian picture this evening.
A solitary Black-tailed Godwit struck a lonely figure while 10 Dunlin and a single Lapwing was a pretty poor display.
One of the juvenile Marsh Harrier was floating over the distant reed beds and a Peregrine was sat on the blue topped chimney over at Weston Point.
Observer: WSM (images 5-9).