An after work visit to No.6 tank for the remaining evening light. There was a large gathering of shorebirds present with more Lapwing joining in with c500 already there. Again it is good to see Black-tailed Godwit spending more time here and a count of 230 birds was very encouraging for their continuing pressence. The Redshank flock were busy feeding in amounst the dried out daisy beds. An impressive count of 21 Ruff got me to thinking where on the marshes had they been spending their time this winter.
The usual ducks were scattered about the water but generally c300 Common Teal were sheltering from the brisk cold wind edged up to the daisy beds with 34 Mallard, 175 Shoveler, 348 Common Shelduck, 42 Common Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck and the occasional Pintail.
A couple of Marsh Harrier were spending time quartering the reed beds while a Merlin and Sparrowhawk caused havoc with the roosting wader flocks.
The numerous Raven were flying over heading off to their Welsh roost site and a Stonechat still hangs out on No.5 tank..
Observers: Joe Chester (image 4), Arthur Harrison, WSM (images 1-3 & 5-7).