An early morning walk around No.6 tank pausing to count the ducks on the water. A smallish flock of c340 Eurasian Teal, 110 Northern Shoveler, 67 Northern Pintail (several males in nuptual display), 12 Common Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 132 Eurasian Wigeon, 54 Common Shelduck, 23 Mallard and a flock of c200 Black-tailed Godwit were edged close to the water margins. Three presumably young Common Buzzard were hunting the earth worms on the grounds with several Black-headed Gull.
The ‘splashing pool’ and the ‘phalarope pool’ held good numbers of both teal and shoveler and c50 Northern Lapwing.
The maize stubble fields and the surrounding hedgerows had hundreds of Redwing and joining them feasting on the hawthorn berries were numorous continental Song Thrush and many Fieldfare. Also noted were Eurasian Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch and European Stonechat.
The fields close to the M56 on Lordship Marsh still hold the 11 Whooper Swan with 4 Mute’s closeby.
Observer: WSM (images).