I was out at first light for my daily exercise with a walk around No.6 tank.
There were 4 Cettis Warbler giving it large along Lordship Lane and the first Common Whitethroat was seen performing from the top of a bush on the bank of No.6 along with Linnet and European Goldfinch.
Also many Northern Lapwing were defending their territory and mobbing the corvids or raptors that entered the area. Several Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Redshank were on the ‘phalarope pool’ alongside Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, several Canada Goose and a single Mute Swan. The scrapes held more of the same with the addition of c12 Pied Avocet while the Northern Shoveler were watched spinning in circles as they fed. A Western Marsh Harrier was seen driving a Common Buzzard away from the reed bed again and was targeted by the resident Northern Lapwing.
There were good numbers of Sand Martin and several Barn Swallow hawking over No.6 where the female Long-tailed Duck was associating with a Tufted Duck flock and was sound asleep when I moved on. Also on the water were numerous Common Shelduck, Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Gadwall, Common Pochard. Little Grebe, Eurasian Coot, Common Moorhen and 2 Mute Swan.
There were 4 Brown Hare noted during my walk.
Observer and images: Paul Ralston.
10 years ago today I and a lot of his friends lost Martin Gilbert in tragic circumstances at Aber Falls. Below is a link to some stories involving this engaging and charismatic character. #mentalhealth