29.07.18. Birdlog.

I had a walk around No.6 tank this afternoon where the Ruddy Shelduck was still wrestling in the mud with 4 Common Shelduck, 2 Redshank and a flock of Black-headed and a few Common Gull.

Two Marsh Harrier were in the air together over the reed bed and a Little Egret chanced its luck on what’s left of the secluded pool.

The ‘Splashing Pool’ acted as a surrogate alternative area for c200 Tufted Duck and c50 Mallard. There were 15 Raven which were feeding on something laying in the long grass on No.3 tank (a whiff of mutton no doubt).

There were loads of Common Swift brought down by the heavy rain clouds while more Swallow were passing through.

As I Walked along Lordship Lane a pair of Stock Dove have occupied one of the owl boxes and 3 Brown Hare were chasing each other in fields by the motorway. The reedy ditches had Reed and Sedge Warbler were again feeding their young alongside the lane.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.