After working the weekend I had a couple of extra days off. Part of my isolating exercise regime was to walk about the marshes. My first rest break was to look over No.6 tank where a flock of 131 Tufted Duck continue to settle. A solitary Common Pochard was also present with the usual variety of ducks in situ.
A Western Marsh Harrier flew over high up and 3 Common Buzzard were spiriling above while the sounds of Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow and Cetti’s Warbler and Common Chiffchaff were serenading.
The ‘phalarope pool’ had a few Black-tailed Godwit with some coming into fine summer plumage. A couple of Little Ringed Plover and noisy Pied Avocet could be heard in the distance and were on another secluded pool and upwards of 9 Mute Swan were out stretching the small pool they were on. A small flock of 4 Sand Martin were over the ‘pumping station’.
Walking back along the track between No.6 and No.3 tanks (Moorditch Lane) a dark thrush flew out from the bank and did a wide circuit of No.3 before re-entering the vegetated shrubbery and elder trees. It perched for a brief period revealing its pale gorget indicating it was a female Ring Ouzel.
Observer and image: WSM.
Later while enjoying a beer in the yardinere a flock of c100 Eurasian Curlew noisly calling in a v formation high above. A Barn Swallow and a drifting Eurasian Sparrowhawk headed off to the sunset.