An after work jaunt along the track that separates No.6-No.5 & No.3 tanks.
Looking out over No.6 tank and c400 Black-tailed Godwit were hundled close to my viewing point but soon after a passing Common Buzzard flushed the entire flock with half of them in panic heading off to the north. The remaining birds wheeled around and resettled. The usual ducks were about with 6 Eurasian Teal joining the big numbers of Gadwall and Coot. The first juvenile of the nesting flock was still about and a couple of Yellow Wagtail could be heard. A couple of Avocet were feeding on the far edge of the tank.
A flock of c300 Common Swift were over the east bank while at least 3 Cetti’s Warbler were busy calling.
The usual female Marsh Harrier was sat on her regular perch.
Walking out to the far end of No.3 tank to the ‘phalarope pool’ where I was hoping the other Black-tailed Godwit may have resettled. I could hear the birds long before I saw the flock and on arrival there was c600 birds. No sooner had I set up my scope, than I found a drake (moulting into summer plumage and tailless) Long-tailed Duck doing its best to dive and attempt to find food in the shallow pool. It was still there when I left and a good little pool that’s attracting at least two good birds so far.
Observer: WSM (images, video).