There wasn't the rain as promised this morning and the water still looked fairly low at Waltham this afternoon. Wind was moderate, and there was the odd drop of rain and a light shower. It was nice to see a single Snipe roosting at the back of the pool along with some Teal. This is the first time I've seen Snipe here. Other wildfowl of note were a few Shoveler and Gadwall. As I was stood chatting to Harry, he pointed out a Hobby moving over; my first sighting of this species here, too, bringing my total species count for this site to 93. A few Swallows were about the place, feeding. A Red Kite came low over causing all the ducks to flea, perhaps thinking it was a Marsh Harrier.
There was little else about as I walked along to the canal and back around via the treatment works. A few Blackcaps, and I counted 5 Stonechat, but there were probably more. A final look on the water and a Lesser Black-backed Gull was now perched on the depth gauge, and a Water Rail was heard squealing.
|Lesser Black-backed Gull|