A visit to the marshes after a gloriously sunny Spring day. No.6 tank had 47 Tufted Duck, c100 Common Shelduck, 278 Common Teal, 5 Gadwall, 43 Shoveler and 12 Mallard.
Waders were much reduced since my last visit but the 31 Ruff (some attaining their summer plumage) was considerably higher. There were c120 Redshank with smaller numbers of Lapwing and Common Snipe.
Over on the mitigation pools on No.3 tank saw 37 Shoveler, 51 Common Teal and 14 Coot.
There were 5 Marsh Harrier over the marshes and a Cetti’s Warbler singing was a welcome return.
Observer and images: WSM.
The Weaver estuary had 6 Goldeneye and a large flock of Tufted Duck.
Observer: Don Weedon.