Water levels are still very high and the spit is still submerged, although today there were signs that it is beginning to reappear at the base. It really needs to come back soon in time for spring passage, as that is one of the main draws for birds and it seems really quiet when it is flooded.
I had a free hour on Sunday morning, so had a look around the western side. The path is no longer submerged and it is now relatively easy, though muddy with puddles, to reach the meadows. I was surprised to see that a tree had fallen across the gate to the meadow. It had obviously been on some the railway, as it had been sawn away from the track side. I later found that there are quite a few trees down on the southern bank, as Alan S had been round to survey the damage and taken a few photos. I'm not sure when these were blown over, but some time in the recent winds - it really is a bit of a mess at the moment and potentially dangerous. Lafarge or the council will hopefully soon be out with their chainsaws to tidy up.
|11th Feb about the highest water - wot no spit!|
|11th Feb - water almost up to the bench|
|23rd Feb - fallen trees|
Earlier, as I had arrived, 3 Shelduck had flown off south and in the north west corner, when the sun eventually emerged, a Chiffchaff was in song. 4 Snipe were visible in the spit reed bed.
The flood meadows had noticeably receded, with plenty of grass and mud visible. This had attracted quite a few Shoveler from the lake and loads of Black-headed Gulls, but nothing else that I could see. Hopefully, as the water continues to fall, it might attract some nice waders, though by then the dog walkers will be back scaring everything away!
I decided to walk the footpath to the Roach pit, but saw very little of note apart from a male Blackcap in subsong just by the Queen's Head pub.