An early start around the River Weaver then onto No.6 tank this morning.
There were two Brown Hare feeding while I walked on by to the river and another then crossed the lane in front of me.
A sharp blast from a Cetti’s Warbler rang out from the hedgerow and it was soon joined by Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat and Blackcap.
The river had the usual ducks present with the addition of a drake Common Pochard. There were 4 Avocet, a pair of Ringed Plover and 3 pairs of Oystercatcher noted.
Two Lapwing chicks were foraging at the edge of the river while the parent bird stood close by.
The fields close to Marsh Farm were full of Canada Goose and their creche of goslings and the injured Raven seems to be feeding well, but still unable to take flight.
A ringed (female with male like head pattern) Reed Bunting may have been the bird seen last year?
On to No.6 tank and several hundred Common Swift were hawking over the area, whizzing past at head height hopefully they’ll draw in a Hobby soon. c300 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding in the shallows alongside Common Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Coot and the breeding Black-headed Gull colony.
A Marsh Harrier was sat in its usual place and a pair of Common Buzzard passed over.
The ‘phalarope pool’ held c30 Black-tailed Godwit, a single Avocet and several Mallard, Gadwall, Common Shelduck and Coot.
Back along Lordship Lane and the Oystercatcher is still sitting tight with what’s left of the remaining Lapwing, while Reed Bunting and Common Whitethroat fed their broods.
Both Reed and Sedge warbler were commonplace along the lane and a charm of c40 Goldfinch fed on the weed seeds.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.