An after work visit to the marsh to view the Long-tailed Duck which is still present on the ‘phalarope pool’ resting amongst c250 Black-tailed Godwit, several Eurasian Teal, Mallard and Common Shelduck. A pair of Northern Shoveler were also on the pool the male has started its summer moult and does not look so pristine now.
On No.6 tank were just c60 other godwits with the mass of Eurasian Coot and gulls, Common Shelduck, Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Tufted Duck, Northern Shoveler and Gadwall all feeding in the shallow waters.
Both Reed and Sedge Warbler are still vocal on the marsh, while a Cetti’s Warbler was seen carrying a fecal sac across across one of the lanes on the marsh.
Several Common Shelduck were busy feeding in a waterlogged field alongside an Oystercatcher and another Brown Hare was spotted. I
bumped into Arthur Harrison who had taken advantage of a break in the rain to catch a look at sea duck on the scrape.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.