An after work visit to No.6 tank with the black clouds rolling in from the Atlantic threatening rain (which it did after I made my retreat).
The flock of Black-tailed Godwit were well scattered around the tank and I guess there were c600 birds present. An obliging Little Ringed Plover was having a dunk in the shallows infront of me, a few nesting Pied Avocet, 29 Common Ringed Plover, 9 (non-breeding plumage) Red Knot, 4 Common Redshank and 31 Northern Lapwing.
Ducks again were a feature with 5 drake Common Pochard, c80 Tufted Duck, 4 Eurasian Teal, the drake Garganey which spent all its time asleep, Northern Shoveler and Common Shelduck added to the picture.
There were hundreds of Common Swift hawking low over the water with lesser numbers of Barn Swallow. The Western Marsh Harrier was seen quartering the distant reed beds.
Observer: WSM (1-6).
An early evening walk around No.6 tank. I parked by the model flying field and a had a look over the banks of 6. There were 7 Pied Avocet were sitting on nests surrounded by feeding Black-tailed Godwit, Common Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 4 Red Knot.
There were Red Fox tracks crossing the mud not far from the nests which could be a problem for the sitting birds.
Three Grey Heron stood stock still taking everything in while waiting for an opportunity to strike! Common Swift were numerous flashing past at head height while Common Whitethroat and Cetti’s Warbler were vocal in several places during my walk.
The Gadwall brood on the ‘phalarope pool’ are a decent size now and were joined by the Canada Goose brood. A Western Yellow Wagtail was noted on the path.
Back on Lordship Lane a Common Buzzard passed overhead and was mobbed by a dozen or more Northern Lapwing.
Back by the model flying field there were 2 police cars from the rural crime team on patrol around the marsh on the lookout for fly-tippers and off road bikes.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 7-11).