We took our walk along Moorditch Lane and out to the ‘phalarope pool’ on No.3 tank.
A look across No.6 tank had a full assignment of Common Shelduck and an assortment of other duck species. The summer plumaged Black-necked Grebe was again in attendance with the Tufted Duck and after a brief period of feeding, it resumed its usual sleepy head behaviour. A couple of Western Marsh Harrier were in the area and several Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk were aloft.
A big flock of Black-tailed Godwit had with them some Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, Common Redshank and a Common Ringed Plover.
The mitigation pools were busy, because the cattle were elsewhere with 4 Ruff, 4 Pied Avocet, numerous Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Little Ringed Plover.
The ‘phalarope pool’ attracted cattle to cool off and wade through the water. This put paid to the nesting and potential nesting of Northern Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover & Common Redshank. The mitigation that promised much and delivered very little for declining waders and nesting Eurasian Skylark is littered with these beasts wandering freely and treading underfoot anything that attempts to nest. Yes, I am aware of their habitat creation potential, but not in the breeding season. At least the “rare breed cattle” and local community funding money should appease.
Observers: JS & WSM (images).
A Peregrine shot through over No.6 tank – per G Powell.