A Cetti’s Warbler were heard all over the marsh today and Migrant Hawker dragonflies again were all over the marsh with a single unidentifiable butterfly. No.6 had a few Black-tailed Godwit and a reported but not seen by me Greenshank, about a dozen Eurasian Curlew were spooked from No.3 and a male Stonechat was on the fence at the junction of No.3, 5 and 6 tanks.
Raven and 20 Magpie were causing a commotion on No.5 for no obvious reason. The female Marsh Harrier was seen hunting over No.6 a few times. So not many photo’s today but I bumped into PR and then got my weary bones home on the train.
Observer: Paul Crawley (images 1-3).
An after work walk around No.6 this afternoon. A group of Raven and a group of Magpie were sat on the fence on No.3 tank and the Magpie flock seemed agitated by something but couldn’t see what? Duck numbers were low compared to recently but still held Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Tufted Duck and Gadwall.
A couple of hundred Black-taied Godwit were in the shallows alongside c100 Northern Lapwing, a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, several Common Snipe and Common Redshank and a single Common Sandpiper.
A Stonechat sat on the fence on No.6 and 2 more were in the reedbed. Two Marsh Harrier were in the air together and went to roost in the reed bed. Walking along Lordship Lane and a mixed flock of c80 Eurasian Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit fed in a stubble field and a pale phase Common Buzzard sat in a tree watching over them.
A couple of Brown Hare were noted during my walk as was Paul C. who had already spent a few hours on the marsh.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 4-6).
A young Brown Hare as seen by Duncan Cowley (images 7-8).