We took an 18 klm round trip to the marsh and around the lanes. It was hard work during this intervening period where the first trickle of non breeding northern shorebirds are just moving south and the excited loose flocks of fledged passerines and worn out adults still attending to their broods.
A large flock of c800 Black-tailed Godwit were bunched together at the Weaver Sluice Gates with hundreds of Black-headed Gull flocks. A Grasshopper Warbler reeled out its mechanical song hile hundreds of hirundines Sand Martin and Barn Swallow were gathering around the north west corner of No.6 tank with occasional trips to drink from the mostly deserted ‘phalarope pool’. A Western Marsh Harrier drifted over and a Sparrohawk moved through.
No.6 tank normally a good spot to add to the day tally looked bereth of life with a smattering of Black-tailed Godwit and 136 Tufted Duck. Other flocks of tufties inclued 34 on the ‘splashing pool’ and 36 on the Weaver Bend.
Must try harder next time I guess.
Observers: JS & WSM.
Image by David Eisner.