After the heat of the day had dissipated enough for me to lurk out of the shade I made my way down to the marshes in the evening. I decided to take an anti-clockwise route around No.6 was and started off looking from the north-east corner of the sludge tank. A couple of drake Common Pochard were with 45 Tufted Duck and 67 Common Shelduck. Apart from the usual moulting Gadwall and Mallard it wasn’t until I repositioned my watch point looking from the north bank, that I managed to eke out 14 Common Teal (4 of which were females) and 2 moulting drake Wigeon from the other ducks.
Further along the track and looking across the mitigation on No.3 tank had a few muddy pools but nothing was evident and close by the ‘Splashing Pool’ had 8 Tufted Duck but little else.
Along Lordship Lane a Kestrel made good use of the shipping container in the model aircraft field. There was plenty of ‘acro’ activity with both Reed and Sedge merrily singing away. A little bit of patience eventually paid off when a ‘reeling’ Grasshopper Warbler popped out of a small hawthorn bush to provide partial views. As if that wasn’t enough the Cetti’s Warbler did its best to drown out every other bird that attempted to join in the dusk chorus.
The male Marsh Harrier flew up from the ‘shrike field’ and drifted off across No.6.
Observer and images: WSM.