We took a hike along the north track that skirts No.6 tank this afternoon where a glance across the water revealed c500 Black-tailed and 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, the lingering adult Little Stint, a single Ruff, a single Common Sandpiper and 4 Northern Lapwing. Four Herring Gull and 3 Black-headed Gull with small numbers of Tufted Duck, 3 Eurasian Wigeon and again small numbers of both Eurasian Teal and Common Shelduck.
Hirundines are back in force and the numbers of Common Swift have dropped off. A pair of Western Yellow Wagtail flew over and landed on No.5 tank. Arthur Harrison saw a Whinchat below the viewing area where the godwit flock are settled.
A pair of Pied Avocet were on the mitigation area with some Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler and Gadwall. Also seen was a single Little Egret was heading east.
Observers: JS & WSM (images and video 2-4).
Image 1 by Duncan Cowley.
Afternoon walk along Brook Furlong Lane where Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap and Cetti’s Warbler all made their presence known as I made my way towards Marsh Farm. A male Common Kestrel was hunting the bank along Alder lane and 2 Northern Wheatear were seen along the pipe line, another 3 were near the farm itself.
A Whinchat was in the reed bed close to the farm and took off over the reeds, I retraced my steps to try and locate it and came across another 7 in total feeding along the fence line. Totting up all the sightings and without duplication there were 13 birds on the marsh today!
Walking along the River Weaver path and Western Reed and Sedge Warbler were vocal, while Barn Swallow, Sand Martin and Common Swift were numerous hawking over the river.
Another group of 5 Whinchat were seen along the fence line and in the reeds on the Weaver Bend. A single Pied Avocet and Common Sandpiper were noted on the far bank.
Observer: Paul Ralston (images 5-8).