A big contrast to the weather we had yesterday with warm spells of sunshine between the heavy clouds rolling in from the south-west.
We walked cockwise around No.6 tank stopping off along Hares Lane where a Green Sandpiper was feeding around the margins of the base of a pylon. A little further along the track and 30 Meadow Pipit rose from the field before alighting in a reedy section besides the track.
A look across from the south west corner of No.4 tank to where the winter swans were by the side of the M56 (Ron Brumby texted me to say he saw 25 swans as he was driving east along the motorway) and certainly the ones I saw were Whooper. Nearby a Common Chiffchaff was contact calling from the willows on No.4 tank.
The ‘phalarope pool’ had c78 Eurasian Teal with numerous Northern Shoveler.
A 1st winter Western Marsh Harrier came in towards dusk and (Alyn Chambers had seen two birds earlier). Ducks included 42 Common Pochard and the rest you can guess.
Observers: JS & WSM (images).