I had an early morning walk from 05.50 am along the track to No.6 tank and then across to the ‘phalarope pool’ on No.3 tank.
A couple of Cetti’s Warbler were singing alongside Common Whitethroat and Sedge and Reed Warbler, a look over to No.6 and there was c200 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Tufted Duck, Gadwall and a few Common Shellduck, a male Western Marsh Harrier did a brief show. A couple of pairs of Northern Lapwing with their broods showed a total of 7 young between them spread across the pool, A single Common Redshank and domestic type Greylag Goose were the only additions.
Whilst walking back I heard a single Eurasian Cuckoo singing close by but could not locate it. I heard a second Eurasian Cuckoo singing further towards Moorditch Lane with both of them doing a sort of duet for a few minutes as I walked back along track. I did catch sight of a cuckoo briefly on the fence between the spindle bushes only had a brief dlimpse to see that it was a female before it was flushed by a dog walker.
Observer: Mike Turton (images 2-4).
I started at Brook Furlong Lane this morning and the first bird to be heard was a Eurasian Cuckoo calling from the bank along Moorditch Lane. Cetti’s Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat and Blackcap were all present and vocal along the way. Onwards to the River Weaver where Tufted Duck, Common Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall, Mute Swan, Canada Goose and Great Crested Grebe were all on the water while Sand Martin, Barn Swallow and Common Swift were hawking overhead.
A male European Stonechat was calling as I walked the river path and both Reed and Sedge Warbler were numerous in the area. Eurasian Skylark were displaying over Redwall reed bed and Meadow Pipit were on the fence along Alder Lane where another male European Stonechat was as I passed by.
On to No.6 tank and c200 Black-tailed Godwit were feeding close to the bank but were disturbed by a Common Buzzard but soon settled again. Another Eurasian Cuckoo could be heard calling in the distance, but didn’t show itself.
On to the ‘phalarope pool’ and the Northern Lapwing chicks are growing at a fast rate and were joined by 2 Little Ringed Plover a couple of birders had seen 4 LRP’s on the pool before I arrived.
A Cetti’s Warbler blasted a tune out from the close to the ramp with another bird singing from the blackthorn bushes nearby, there were more Reed and Sedge Warbler were calling along the length of Lordship Lane.
A single Brown Hare was seen during my walk.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 5-10).
Image 1 by Peter Malpas.