A walk along Moorditch Lane to the ‘phalarope pool’ at the east end of No.3 tank and enroute I managed to see a much reduced amount of bird species with most migrants having moved on.
There were 42 Tufted Duck and a smattering of Eurasian Teal, Gadwall, Mallard and Common Shelduck. The seven Black-tailed Godwit increased to c200 on my return walk. A Common Cuckoo was calling from the scattered willows and Cetti’s Warbler singing.
The ‘phalarope pool’ had 162 Black-tailed Godwit in various degrees of plumage stages and a couple of Pied Avocet were feeding nearby.
Observer: WSM (images).
A walk along the north pathway of No.6 tank was again quiet with a fine male Western Marsh Harrier floating over and heading to the Canal Pools. The spread of he Spindle Ermine Moth caterpillars moving west along the track is looking both gothic and impressive.
The ‘phalarope pool’ was devoid of any waders and contained two pairs of tufted Duck, a lone drake Northern Shoveler, a pair of Eurasian Teal and 6 Common Shelduck.
Back at No.6 tank and there were 52 Tufted Duck and a small amount of Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Common Shelduck and Gadwall.
Our Blue Tit family have fledged their young overnight and the parents were busy feeding the youngsters who had moved out to the neighbouring gardens, under the watchful eyes of a local family of Magpie. Whatever the outcome is purely down to the guidenace of the parents. I took the opportunity to check the box and found a dead chick and an unhatched egg.
Observers: JS & WSM.