27.05.19. Birdlog.

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The last day of the long Bank Holiday week and another walk around the perimiter of No.6 tank, but not before a short chat with Mr & Mrs Idris Roberts.

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The Common Swift were still hawking insects low over the eastern banks of No.6 tank. A couple of Cetti’s Warbler were again sounding out while numerous Reed Warbler popped up and down the reed stems.

The Spindle bushes along Lordship Lane is now devoid of leaf cover and covered in Spindle Ermine Moth caterpillars and more are along the north track by No.6 tank.

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The area of No.6 tank was devoid of its usual Black-tailed Godwit flock with only a couple of Avocet present.

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No.6 tank is always the number one spot to look across and today the entire flock of c600 Black-tailed Godwit were huddled in various groups with just 18 summer Dunlin with them. The usual Little Ringed Plover was noted as were c40 Eurasian Coot, 20 Gadwall and 130 Black-headed Gull. The non-breeding plumage adult with is sufusion of pale pink to its underparts was again present.

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A Wolf Spider crossing the track with her sac of eggs tucked under her bottom was interesting.

Observers: JS & WSM (images).

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