An early start and a walk along Brook Furlong Lane revealed the two ‘mixed singer’ Willow Warbler both holding territories either side of both of the old birdlog boxes. Several Cetti’s Warbler were very vocal and Common Chiffchaff made a handy comparison with the Willow Warbler.
Walking down to the River Weaver and getting caught in the morning rain it was pretty much devoid of the highlights of yesterday, but the Pied Avocet parents were kept busy by the Common Raven winding them up flying over their territories.
I met up with PR and we both walked up to Marsh Farm where a much reduced flock of Eurasian Starling were hanging about without their star studded pretty in pink glamour girl or boy. A pair of European Stonechat were very showy at the corner of No.1 tank and Common Swift were doing their usual low flybys.
Without much to keep our interest here we made our ways back to the river and where c80 Pied Avocet and a Little Ringed Plover were observed.
The 1st summer Little Gull reappeared and was either sat on the river or hawking over it. A couple of juvenile European Stonechat could be found in Redwall reed bed.
There were many Common Shelduck parents guarding their young from the watchful eye of the larger gulls, some with succesful, and some were definately not.
Paul made his departure and I met up with my partner JS and we carried on taking a walk around No.6 tank in the warm humid air. Western Yellow Wagtail were heard flying over and newly fledged Pied Wagtail were flicking about the dusty track. The ‘phalarope pool’ didn’t have a single bird on it and so we made my way over to No.6 tank, not before seeing c1000 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies on the track and on every single bramble patch. A parent Stoat lollupped along the lane until it stopped in its track when it caught sight of me and made its escape.
No.6 tank lacked the big numbers of Black-tailed Godwit with just c200 birds present. A single summer Dunlin and a post/non-breeding flock of 47 Northern Lapwing were resting up. Ducks included 24 Eurasian Teal, 19 Common Pochard, 83 Tufted Duck, 7 Northern Shoveler and the usual commoner varieties.
Observers: Paul Ralston (images 1-2 & 5-8), JS & WSM (video & images 3-4).