A late start to the day and a walk along the north end of No.6 tank revealed a Little Ringed Plover,couple of Ruff with the rapidly dwinderling Black-tailed Godwit flock. A male Western Marsh Harrier flew through and a fine female Merlin lingered long enough for a view, but not a picture.
I met Paul Ralston and we both took a hike up to the ‘phalarope pool’ where we bumped into Mark ‘Whipper’ Gibson who had spent the majority of the afternoon watching over No.6 tank earlier, he had seen 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (one frosty individual) with several hundred Black-tails, 8 Ruff and 40 Eurasian Teal.
He also had 2 Little Ringed Plover and a neat summer plumaged Little Stint on the ‘phalarope pool’. It wasn’t long before the LRP’s and the stint reappeared followed by a heavy hail storm emitting from across the river at Hale. It was interesting to watch the stint poise in an erect posture reducing its body shape to a tiptoe upright stance, and although the stinging hail was bad enough for us three, it must have been even worse for this little bligter.
Walking back there was 4 (3 summer northern birds) European Golden Plover hunkered down in a depression in the grass. There were three additional Ruff feeding with a handful of Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Dunlin on the mitigation pools.
Observers: Mark (Whipper) Gibson, Paul Ralston and WSM (images 1-4 & video).
A Northern Lapwing by David Eisner (images 5-6) and the pitiful sight of ignorant and selfish people using the countryside like their own sesspit. Hopefully, whoever paid these to take their furniture away will have left idenifing letters for the local authorities and police to investigate.
A distant Western Marsh Harrier was over the salt marshes (image 7 by Phil Barker).