A walk around No.6 tank this afternoon.The Ruddy Shelduck is still feeding at the edge of the muddy puddle which is getting smaller by the day. The exotic visitor was joined by 3 Common Shelduck, a Mallard, a flock of Lapwing and some Black-headed Gull. A flock of hirundines included Swallow and Sand Martin feeding up before the big push south and speeding past at waist height. A small flock of Common Swift were noted.
A maintenance worker sat in a bosun’s chair whilst working on one of the turbine blades must have had a grand view of the area.
The ‘Splashing Pool’ held a large amount of Tufted Duck, Mallard with Coot and Moorhen broods alongside them.
A juvenile Marsh Harrier flew from No.6 and over No.3 and it or another was seen over No.4 tank later.
Back along Lordship Lane a Reed Warbler was feeding its fledged brood in the reedy ditch and got me thinking it won’t be long before they edge south with their kit and kin.
Butterflies were out in force with Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Large White while a few Red Darter being noted.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
At about the same time PR was walking the lanes to the west an Osprey flew over the Weaver Bend heading west along the Weaver valley per Andy Moore.