A sunrise visit to the Weaver Bend for the reported Red-necked Phalarope pair seen yesterday. On the time I had available before work I didn’t manage to pick them up but a further visit later will be required if they are relocated later today.
There were several hundred Black-headed Gull roosting on the exposed sand bank on the ‘bend’ which was reminiscent to the good old days of the 70’s – early 90’s. A flock of 337 chattering Black-tailed Godwit are I guess additional to the flock I had last evening on No.6 tank. There were lots of Avocet this morning and I counted c80 ( others on the estuary but not counted) with the majority being adults and the rest made up of fluffy chicks to flying juveniles.
A pair of Little Ringed Plover were displaying but the aggressive Avocet parents didn’t give them the space to use. A Common Sandpiper was also present.
Numerous Tufted Duck and broods of Common Shelduck seemed to be everywhere. Other species included: Little Grebe, Gadwall and 2 adult Great Black-backed Gull.
One of the highlights were the hundreds of low flying Common Swift flock hawking close enough to be able to hear their bill snapping within inches of my head.
Walking back and a Brown Hare ran ahead of me on the track..
Observer and achieve images: WSM.