A walk around No.6 tank along Moorditch Lane in the steady rain that plauged the day today. A few Common Swift were giving close flight views at the corner in the road along Moorditch Lane and were at head height. Most of the birds along Lordship Lane were keeping still but a flock of 150 Northern Lapwing rose from the fields on Lordship Marsh before resettling again. A duck Tufted Duck with her 7 tuftlings were in the ditch by the ramp to No.4 tank.
A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker did its best to hide behind a fence post before its concealment was sussed.
The ‘phalarope pool’ had a small number of Black-tailed Godwit which brighten a dreary afternoon, a few ducks and two Green Sandpiper feeding together. A mixture of low flying Common Swit, Barn Swallow and Sand Martin made the weather conditions more bearable.
Walking on on to No.6 tank and finding some shelter from the continuous rain produced a flock of 114 Black-tailed Godwit a much reduced count from the big numbers of yesterday. 298 Northern Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 25 Common Redshank and an additional 2 Green Sandpiper.
Common Swift did their usual aerial display when the rain and clouds brought down their food source and were hawking low over the water. A rain sodden Western Marsh Harrier was sat out in the open perched on its favourite tree stump. A few Tufted Duck and Eurasian Teal were keeping a low profile.
Observers: JS & WSM (images).