I made a visit after work to No.6 tank and as I did the rain started to fall. On my arrival there were hundreds of Common Swift hawking low over the bank and providing excellent views.
An assortment of shorebirds were settled on the sludge tank and a count of 24 Dunlin included a bird in non-breeding plumage. The Black-tailed Godwit flock were much depleted with just 15 birds present.
A flock of 63 Redshank included a Greenshank and 2 Ruff. An adult Ringed Plover was okay, but 11 Little Ringed Plover (mostly juveniles) was by far the best count for the year. A flock of 130 (mostly juvenile) Starling were busy feeding with the Dunlin on emerging midges and the family party of Yellow Wagtail were still present.
A few Eurasian Teal, Gadwall, two female Tufted Duck and their respective attendant tuflings 5 & 4. A count of 11 Little Grebe must surely reflect a good breeding season for the species here. Mallard ducks with their various sized ducklings could be seen. The Common Shelduck pairs (which were few) had a creche of 30 shelducklings and Coot numbers are still high before they disperse out to the surrounding water bodies.
A good number of the alien faced flower of the Broad-leaved Helleborine were present at a secluded site.
Observer and images: WSM.