After dutifully dropping Sparky and her pal off for a night in Chester I took the opportunity to drop in on No.6 tank and see how the water level is coping with the drought. It is interesting to see that the pool on the sludge tank is even less than it was on my last visit (despite the downpour we had last evening).
A group of species were forced to dabble, roost, feed and float side by side on the water. Common Teal have increased to 39 birds with 9 Common Shelduck, 139 Black-headed and Common Gull which didn’t linger and past straight through. There were 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Lapwing and an adult with two juvenile Little Ringed Plover finding the wetter muddy areas suitable to their needs.
A trickle of Sedge Warbler song emitted from the reed bed while ‘reeling’ from a lone elder bush was a Grasshopper Warbler. A few Raven past over heading to Wales and a flock of Starling were flying around the area.
A Marsh Harrier was loafing in the distance and a dog Fox was doing its stuff in the rank vegation.
Observer and images: WSM.