We’re not use to this balmy hot Summer weather and the birds are keeping a low profile preferring to rest rather than move about. I did my WeBS count a day earlier and the high tide period didn’t really add much to birds that were already present. 361 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Lapwing and 3 Avocet were the grand wader totals. Ducks couldn’t really muster much better with 161 Common Shelduck, 46 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 3 Common Teal, 13 Gadwall and 14 Tufted Duck.
The mitigation area on No.3 had 3 more Avocet, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and a single Ringed Plover.
Due to the fine weather it was to be expected to see plenty of butterflies on the wing with still a good year for Orange tip. Also Green-veined and Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone and a female Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly
The Weaver Bend was also quiet with the usual ducks present and a fish jumping out of the water and enjoying briefly the warm sunshine.
A pair of Marsh Harrier were about the area and the ever-present ringed Kestrel so still hanging out on the telegraph wires alongside Moorditch Lane.
Observers: Paul Crawley (images 3-4), WSM (images 1-2 & 5).