The flood is now at a level you would expect to see in November or December. A drowned sheep in the flooded field is a bit of a ghastly sight but a dead cow only 20 metres from the cycle track is going to be a stomach churner in a couple of days. Bird activity is at the expected mid-summer slump with only a few of the more common warblers evident.
Just to the east of the patch at Deep Cutting 4 juvenile shelduck were with 2 adults. Shelduck have been evident in the fields around the patch this year, with two being almost resident at the flood and a group of 6 near Trig Hill. Have they succeeded in breeding in the quieter corners? 2 ravens were also at Deep Cutting heading towards the pylons.