I went to the marsh this afternoon and covered Brook Furlong Lane and No.1 tank up to the Marsh Farm. Butterflies included, Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Common White’s.
Birds were quite scarce but there was a Hobby hawking dragonflies and consuming them on the wing over on No.1 and the River Weaver for 20 minutes before making off towards No.5.
Common Darter were about as was Migrant Hawker. Sad news was the dead juvenile Kestrel by the old log if you get my meaning, no pellet marks (a few weeks ago I passed a man with an air rifle along Brook Furlong) this bird was only a stones throw from one of the turbines?
Observer: Paul Crawley (images 2-6 & 10-11).
I made an evening visit after work and was rewarded with the juvenile Black-necked Grebe which was with c30 Tufted Duck and a Common Pochard.
The Black-tailed Godwit flock included c1000 birds which few in and out during my time there. A couple of Ruff were joined by a handful of Common Redshank. The Eurasian Teal flock numbered 348 birds with no sign of the Garganey from yesterday. A couple of juvenile Pintail were new in and an adult female Peregrine sat out on the blue topped chimney looked huge while one of her off spring hurtled its way over No.6 tank disloding the entire flocks of birds there.
Observers: Paul Ralston and WSM (images 1 & 7-9).