I took a walk around No.6 and No.4 tanks this morning where Mallard, Eurasian Teal Common Shelduck, Gadwall and Tufted Duck were all on the water inmuch reduced numbers.
A single female Tufted Duck had a brood of tuftlings with her close by. A flock of several hundred Black-tailed Godwit were feeding in the shallow waters and a Green Sandpiper selected them for company. A Marsh Harrier was perched in the reed bed and both Common Buzzard and Kestrel were adding to the raptor scene.
The 2 Avocet chicks are growing well on No.3 while the parent birds were overly protective attacking anything that entered their territory, and drove off a Raven as I walked by.
Reed and Sedge Warbler were commonplace during my walk and are still in good voice. As was a Grasshopper Warbler reeling on No.4, but stayed hidden in the reeds.
Both Painted Lady butterfly and Comma were noted.
Obsever and images: Paul Ralston.