A sighting of both a male and female Red-necked Phalarope on the Weaver Bend, “I was there 1115-1445 watching the phalaropes but sadly people in kayaks started going up and down the river which made the birds a little skittish. They were still there when we left and what beautiful birds”, per Peter Malpas.
Unknown at the time I only had an hour to burn before an engagement with the England World Cup match and in retrospect I should have taken a longer walk out to the Weaver Bend instead.
I arrived on No.6 tank to conduct the high tide count for WeBS which I wasn’t able to do yesterday. There was an impressive flock of 743 Black-tailed Godwit feeding and roosting in the shallow margins of the sludge pool. After a while they all rose as one when a male Marsh Harrier loafed overhead to engage with another. The harriers were joined by another females who took umbrage to each other and locked talons to spiral to the ground where an almighty scrap took place. They eventually unlocked claws and headed in separate directions. A single Redshank was cutting a lonesome figure on the godwit periphery.
Ducks are the main stay of any wildfowl and wader count and slowly but surely their numbers are beginning to show signs of a build up. This evening 43 Common Teal, 46 Tufted Duck, 2 drake Common Pochard, 12 Common Shelduck, 24 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall with 6 Coot and 4 Moorhen.
A Yellow Wagtail was feeding on the dryer area of the sludge tank.
Observer and images: WSM