Virtually non-stop rain today dampening visitors but not bird activity. Great to see some larger broods of Shelduck emerging with one group of 8 just hatched from the Ron Barker Hide this morning. There will be plenty more to come in the next few weeks. Quite a few Shoveler and Gadwall around, all likely to produce young, joining Pochard as breeding species this year.
The 2nd Cal Little Gull was still present from the Ron Barker Hide this morning.
At least 16 Avocet chicks present. Other waders included Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Oystercatcher and Little Ringed Plover.
Kingfisher from the United Utilities Hide. Great-spotted Woodpecker along the Nature Trail. Common Terns out on Woodend Marsh. Great-crested Grebes from the Harrier Hide.
House Martins and Swifts feeding over the reserve in the lighter spells of rain.
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Check previous days for a fuller picture of whats about.