A late start and a walk along Brook Furlong Lane with plumes of black smoke rising from the distant track. When we got to the cause of the smoke it was quickly obvious a pile of burning fly tipping at the side of the track and dangerously close to the ditch reed bed where both Reed and Sedge Warbler had nested. I called the Cheshire Fire Service who were very prompt and attended to the fire within 10 minutes and doused the fire but not without their siren nearly drowned out by a singing Cetti’s Warbler. Another Cetti’s could be heard some distance away.
After the drama of the fire a Cuckoo could be heard singing across the fields of No.1 tank and obviously the same bird Frank Duff had heard earlier in the day. The Avocet broods were still on the Weaver Bend with some adults rising to warn off patrolling gulls.
Lordship Lane was quiet but a singing Lesser Whitethroat was in the hedgerow by the blue slurry tank.
A walk back and around No.6 tank was sweltering under the fierce sun today. There were 3-4 Marsh Harrier moving about the area. A pair of Oystercatcher flew over calling excitedly.
The Coot family on the semi-damp ‘phalarope’ pool had their brood out for a swim.
No.6 tank had the summering flock of c500 Black-tailed Godwit which were in the heat haze distance, if there was anything else with them it would have been difficult to find it. The ducks are increasing daily with c10 Common Pochard, 9 Shoveler, 24 Tufted Duck, 20 Common Teal and the usual assortment of Mallard, Gadwall and Common Shelduck.
A few butterfly’s were out on the wing with several Painted Lady’s and Large Skipper.
The perils of walking across the sludge tank was all to obvious with a deceased Sheep being the victim of a mud pit.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).