A day off for me and a couple of hours on the marsh with a start along Moorditch Lane where Blackcap and Common Whitethroat still herald the summer and busy putting food in young hungry beaks. No.6 tank held a small amount of wildfowl and included Common Shelduck, Mallard, Northern Shoveler and Eurasian Teal. The Black-tailed Godwit flock numbered c300 feeding in the sludge pool with a single Avocet adding a splash of monochrome.
The numerous Reed and Sedge Warbler were frequently observed during my walk with several Reed Bunting adding to the scene.
Another flock of c200 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding on the ‘phalarope pool’ alongside a pair of Canada Goose and their single gosling.
A juvenile Kestrel sat on the outside nest box chilling out in the muggy atmosphere, while a Brown Hare must have had too much sun as it was shadow boxing in the field on its own. Another 2 were also seen during the day.
A Field Vole crossed my path a Weasel thought better of it and darted back into the vegetation when it clocked me.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images).
Additional images: Magpie Moth by JS & Cinnabar Moth by WSM.