We parked up in Marsh Lane and walked out along Moorditch Lane where a few Common Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat and Sege Warbler vied for attention on a beautiful warm summers day. Looking across the flood water of No.6 tank with the sun slowly creeping in from the south-east I was able to scan the birds on or by the water.
The Red Knot flock had increased by one to 20 birds with c50 Dunlin, 14 Pied Avocet, 12 Common Ringed Plover, c400 Black-tailed and a solitary Bar-tailed Godwit.
Ducks were again in situ with 134 Tufted Duck, 6 Eurasian Teal, 7 Northern Shoveler, 43 Common Shelduck and 10 Mute Swan. A Western Marsh Harrier was hiding under the bank and slowly floated above the willow trees at the ‘secluded pool’.
The ‘phalarope pool’ lacked yesterday’s Garganey but it was encouraging to see the Gadwall ducklings looking healthy. A Common Redshank was having problems settling on the waters edge with the 3 pairs of Northern Lapwing showing litle tolerance towards it. A Western Yellow Wagtail came in for a drink before heading back to No.4 tank. The leucistic headed Reed Bunting was also spotted by some birders close to the track.
Additionally, the Common Redshank pair have two chicks which is good news considering the circumstances the nesting pair had to endure before the chicks hatched.
Observers: JS & WSM (images).