A morning visit to the Weaver Bend and a pair of Stonechat were busy being a couple. There was also 135 Common Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 38 Tufted Duck, 18 Common Teal, 11 Gadwall, 7 Goldeneye, 15 Mallard, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine, Blackcap and a single singing Willow Warbler.
Observer: Joe Chester.
I took the evening slot after work and just as the rain front swipe in after a glorious sunny day. A Cetti’s Warbler song rang out loud while a Swallow hurtled overhead to the north.
The ducks on No.6 tank are again increasing with c200 Common Shelduck, 51 Tufted Duck, 11 Gadwall, 110 Common Teal, 12 Shoveler and a few Mallard. A small selection of wader species included 10 Knot with one particular bird beginning its transformation into summer. A flock of 54 Black-tailed Godwit also had 120 Redshank, 40 Ruff and 21 Dunlin (a couple of birds in summer plumage).
Over on No.3 tank and the mitigation pools had c650 Black-tailed Godwit but despite a thorough search I couldn’t find any colour-ringed birds. I did find 3 winter Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot and 2 Ruff (one bird in its rusty coloured foppy summer dress). The majority of Shoveler still present on the marshes were on the pools here with 16 Common Teal and one pair in a very aggressive mating ritual.
A distant Marsh Harrier floated over the tanks and Raven numbers were again high with 130 counted.
Observer: WSM (images).