My visit coincided with the first continuous daytime rain this week and it didn’t relent for the entire period of my observation. However, a fine selection of birds going about their daily routine despite the weather. I walked along Lordship Lane where a pair of Stonechat were working their way along the fence line. A very chatty Cetti’s Warbler gave brief views from a patch of Sea Buckthorn and both Dunnock and Reed Bunting kept themselves busy.
Standing on the south-east corner of No.4 tank and looking south-west and through the curtain of rain I could make out 7 adult ad 3 juvenile Whooper Swan feeding in the flooded fields alongside the eastbound M56. Flocks of hundreds of Black-tailed Godwit were heading out to these field which already contained large flocks of Eurasian Curlew.
Turning my collar to the rain I continued my circular walk around No.6 tank and soon found 23 Northern Shoveler, 12 Eurasian Teal and 14 Mallard on the ‘Splashing Pool’.
A further walk and I soon reached the viewing area looking across the vegetated and flooded basin of No.6 tank. A careful scan of the c750 Eurasian Teal revealed just the nominate form with 124 Northern Shoveler, 6 Northern Pintail, 23 Tufted Duck and a few Mallard. The rain seemed to encourage the Marsh Harrier out of their slumber and four birds were circling the tank together.
Shorebirds were obviously scarce considering the high water level on the tank, but a Green Sandpiper and c30 Common Snipe were a welcome respite from the ducks.
The hedgerows had bedraggled Redwing alongside the Blackbird and Song Thrush.
Looking across the field on No.5 tank and a Common Buzzard edged in by a fence full of Raven and Jackdaw.
Observer: WSM (images).