A walk out and around No.6 tank with a prolonged stop at the ‘phalarope pool’ on No.3 tank where we sat off enjoying a sandwich and a brew. There wasn’t much to see although the Northern Lapwing young are begining to look like their parents. After about 30 minutes a duck emerged from the bank below where we were watching from and revealed itself to be a fine drake Garganey. The bird gave some fantastic views busily feeding and not so busily sleeping between more feeding. It was a great couple of hours spent watching this bird before we dragged ourselves away leaving it still there.
Drake Garganey in finer plumage.
I left JS to drive home while I set up on the banks of No.6 tank to watch the shorebirds below.
I was then joined by PR and we both watched the 854 Black-tailed Godwit well scattered across the area and the Red Knot (no red ones) numbered 22 birds today. A small group of Dunlin, 6 Common Ringed Plover and 14 Pied Avocet with some nesting out of the fragile mud. A Western Marsh Harrier quartered the reed beds before moving to the north.
Ducks were again back in good umbers with 3 drake Common Pochard, 87 Tufted Duck, 130 Mallard, 16 Gadwall, 14 Common Shelduck, 14 Northern Shoveler and 9 Eurasian Teal.
Observers: JS & WSM (images 1-6).
No sign of the Garganey on the ‘phalarope pool’ after I lefy WSM there was just Mallard, Common Shelduck, Gadwall, Common Moorhen and Eurasian Coot. The Canada Goose had 6 goslings at the edge of the pool and the Common Redshank pair were being harassed by the Northern Lapwing.
A Western Yellow Wagtail dropped in to feed on insects in the shallow mud and a Dunnock wearing a metal ring was nearby.
One of the cows belonging to Marsh Farm had an abscess the size of a football on its face.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 7-9).