I wandered out this morning with a start at Ince.
A pair of Little Ringed Plover are still defending their territory and were calling loudly attempting to distract me as I made my way along the lane.
A Peregrine was rising up on the thermals created from the hot air emitting from the GrowHow Works fertilizer plant, while a group of young Barn Swallow were on the fence of the pallet yard waiting to be fed by the parents. A family party of Common Whitethroat were nearby.
Again both Sedge and Reed Warbler were active on No.4 tank and a Brown Hare made its way along the track.
At this time of year there are many family groups of birds about and it’s hard to single out individuals, but mummy, daddy and sibling Kestrel were collectively hunting on the bank on No.6. A juvenile Common Buzzard sat calling on a fence post hoping its parent was close by to feed it.
A pair of Avocet and their two chicks were on a scrape on No.3 and so intent on protection the adults even drove away their duck equivalent, a Common Shelduck, this was followed by another adult Avocet chasing away a Common Buzzard.
The Black-tailed Godwit flock were feeding in the shallow waters on No.6 alongside reduced numbers of Common Shelduck, Mallard and Tufted Duck, plus the many Coot and their young.
Along Lordship Lane a Yellow Wagtail was seen to drop in to a wheat field and 2 more Brown Hare were noted.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.