A long walk out and about around No.6 and 4 tanks this afternoon. There were large numbers of ducks on No.6 with Common Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Common Shelduck, Common Pochard and a few Pintail all noted. A little later the 2 Fulvous Whistling Duck put in an appearance, doing a circuit of the tank before dropping in amongst a flock 7 juvenile Mute Swan. A Water Rail was calling from the reed bed below where I was standing.
Looking out on the salt marshes there were 8 Little Egret were feeding close together and a Common Buzzard spooked both a Lapwing and Starling flock. 11 Mute Swan were also in the Holpool Gutter and a male Stonechat was sat in the reed bed.
A mixed flock of Curlew with Black-tailed Godwit and Ruff were feeding in the stubble field and were watched over by a Sparrowhawk circling overhead. Another male Stonechat was fly-catching from a blackthorn bush along Lordship Lane. A family party of Mute Swan were still present in the flooded field and were joined by a flock of Black-headed and Common Gull flock. A couple of Kestrel were hunting over the banks on No.6.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.