Some good evidence of continuing passage today with Ray Fellows finding another two Black Tern early afternoon. These had passed through by the evening (Possibly the same two birds that arrived at Chasewater mid-afternoon?) but during the afternoon the number of Common Tern increased from three to seven birds (R.F. - K.C.). Kev also detected a significant increase in Tufted Duck numbers with 41 birds ( significantly more than yesterdays count).
Other birds seen by Kev this evening included: our two Oystercatcher unfortunately both present and feeding (suggestive of failed breeding?) and a drake Gadwall. Kev also noted an increase in singing Willow Warbler, again suggesting failed breeding or (if you want to be optimistic) second brooding?
The weather seems a bit up and down at the moment and I am not feeling too sharp (my traditional back problems have been complicated by stomach ulcerations caused by analgesics at the moment - so thinks ain't that good) but I will try to get over at some point this weekend.
Have a good weekend all - Chaz