I was out again early doors for my daily excerise this morning. I decided to walk around the River Weaver and Redwall reed bed for any Whinchat left over from yesterday, but no luck and plenty of Sedge Warbler and smaller numbers of Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat and numerous Common Chiffchaff. A few Pied Avocet were on the far bank amongst the many Common Shelduck in the area with the Mute Swan herd numbered 25 birds.
Northern Lapwing were on patrol and chasing corvids either Magpie or Common Raven that entered their territory. A Common Sandpiper flushed from the riverbank along the path. The thistle seed heads on No.1 tank hold an attraction to the finches with again a flock of c40 Linnet and smaller numbers of European Goldfinch feasting on them. Meadow Pipit and Eurasian Skylark were displaying over No.3 and a male European Stonechat was noted keeping a low profile.
A male Northern Wheatear sat on the fence with a female close by.
Onward to No.6 and the flock of c300 Black-tailed Godwit were resting in the shallow water amongst the usual wildfowl and Eurasian Coot, three Western Marsh Harrier were over the reed bed keeping the Common Buzzard away from their territory.
The Northern Lapwing have managed to hatch their clutch at the ‘phalarope pool’ with one bird trying to drive away a calf, not that the calf took any notice. A single Common Redshank was foraging and a Little-Ringed Plover flew in but soon left again.
Lordship Lane held more Sedge, Reed and several Cetti’s Warbler on territory and a pair of Common Kestrel were on the model airplane field. The Magpie found a Blackbird nest and devoured the eggs leaving the empty shells on the path.
Two Brown Hare were noted during my walk.
Observer and images: WSM.