Had a chance of a quick walk around Akhna Dam this morning. The water levels are dropping but there is still plenty of waterside mud and although there were less waders there were still some good birds. The bushes and trees are full of European Robin and especially Chiffchaffs. A few Chaffinch and plenty of Greenfinch and Goldfinch were flying around as was a Song Thrush. Two Common Redstart were present along with a Whinchat and several Stonechat. A Sedge Warbler was feeding in the reeds. The usual Grey Heron and Little Egret were joined by a Great Egret. At least forty and probably more Spur-winged Lapwing were roosting and feeding at the water’s edge. Two Northern Lapwing were in the area near the goat farm together with several Common Snipe, some Ruff, two Common Redshank, a Greenshank and at least ten Common Ringed Plover. A juvenile Peregrine Falcon flew over the water being chased by a White Wagtail and two Eurasian Sparrowhawk were harassed by the local Hooded Crows. A Honey Buzzard flew over heading south and two Marsh Harrier – a male and a female put the Coot and Moorhen to flight. The Black-necked Grebe from last week was still around as were a couple of Common Kingfisher. As I was leaving I found a Water Pipit in with a group of White Wagtail. No sign of any Meadow Pipit or Skylark yet though.