I was out on this wet miserable morning along Brook Furlong Lane and then around No.6 tank. The bird song was subdued by the but both Reed and Sedge Warbler still made their presence known. Reed Bunting were seen feeding young as were Common Whitethroat.
A Barn Owl was seen to disappear over the bank near to the pony paddock followed hotly by several Jackdaw.
Onto No.6 tank and the duck numbers were low but still held Common Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall and Tufted Duck, plus many Coot and a single Mute Swan. A flock of c300 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding in the shallow waters and a Marsh Harrier hunted the reed bed.
A spot of nest robbery by either a corvid or gull on a Coot nest resulted in a broken egg on the path.
The ‘phalarope pool’ was devoid of any waders apart from the Lapwing family, but held the same species of wildfowl as on No.6 except for a pair of Eurasian Teal.
Forward onward to Lordship Lane where the Oystercatcher is still sitting tight and a couple of Ring Plover where in the vicinity. Common Swift were in numbering c300 and hawked over the bank on No.6, ignoring a Kestrel hovering within their flight line.
A couple of Brown Hare were again noted on my walk and I spent a couple of hours one night in the week in better weather watching a group of them feeding and chasing one another.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-6).
I took on the next session with a walk along No.6 tank. The flock of Black-tailed Godwit that Paul had seen earlier were still in situ with an additional 75 birds. There were 3 Dunlin leaving it late before heading north.
A count of the ducks for the WeBS featured 71 Common Shelduck, 7 Northern Shoveler, 27 Tufted Duck, 16 Gadwall, 23 Mallard, 4 Little Grebe, 83 Eurasian Coot, 274 Black-headed and a single Lesser Black-backed Gull.
A pair of Yellow Wagtail have been here all summer but don’t appear to have had fledged young.
Observer: WSM (images 7-9).