01.07.18. Birdlog.

An early rise with the lark and a first call to the Weaver Bend with the sun rising behind me.

The water level is still higher than it was last week so the big numbers of Avocet have dispersed, those that were present this morning still have small young. Common Sandpiper, Ringed and Little Ringed Plover pushed to the edge of the banks. There were c75 Tufted Duck with many ducklings in tow. A female Marsh Harrier flew over but a very persistent Lapwing got a little to close for its own comfort.

A Brown Hare was along the track off Ship Street.

I relocated to No.6 tank where the shallow and clear water level gave me the opportunity to watch an Eel making slow progress through the gelatinous oozy mud below the surface. There were 4 Cormorant roosting on the dead tree while 5 Grey Heron were stalking the water margins. It was great to see a flock of 643 Black-tailed Godwits feeding unconcerned by own presence but the ever agitated c55 Avocet were a little more cautious. Ruff have increased by two to three birds and fed with a small number of Redshank and a Little Ringed Plover.

A flock of 12 Shoveler is an increase in their numbers with 80 Common Teal also here. Another Marsh Harrier flew in and settled on its favourite perch.

Observer and images: WSM.

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