I took a walk around No.6 tank this morning where c150 Canada Goose were grazing on the fields along Lordship Lane and a pale morph Common Buzzard was sat on a post while a young buzzard could be heard calling for attention nearby.
On the tank were Black-tailed Godwit were again in decent numbers but not as many as yesterday. Common Redshank and Greenshank were noted amongst the flock with a Common Sandpiper at the waters edge.
The ‘phalarope pool’ held c25 Black-tailed Godwit with 15 Northern Lapwing and a few more Gadwall, Eurasian Teal and Mallard. A Green Sandpiper passed overhead and dropped down alongside the Canal Pools.
A mixed flock of tits moved along the bank on No.6 followed by Common Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat and Blackcap.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-3).
I’ve been in work this weekend and after I finished this evening I wasted no time and settled in my favourite spot on No.6 tank to watch over the godwit flock feeding in the shallow waters. Small flocks dropped in to join the birds already here and I estimated that there were c1000 birds.
A Common and Green Sandpiper were still about and 2 Ruff joined up with c600 Northern Lapwing.
The Eurasian Teal flock have increased and now number 134 birds. There were much smaller numbers of Northern Shoveler and Tufted Duck. A Sparrowhawk was soaring over the far bank and both Common Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler burst into song.
Observer: WSM (images 4-6).