Monday, 17 July 2017

A slow burner at the pits

 Sparrowhawk above the main pit
Proud parent
 Distant Dunlin
 Common Blue
 Ruddy Darter (Possible Red-veined Darter)
 Downy Gulls
 Black-tailed Godwit
Mute Swan take off
Brown Argus
 Destruction continues

Like most places there are signs of Autumn migration starting but generally it's been very slow with the weather being not so very British, warm & sunny for prolonged spells.

On the wader front we had a single Black-tailed Godwit for two days before being joined by an additional two. Five juvenile Little Ringed Plovers have been recorded marking them as a continued success whether they continue to flouish would be in doubt for future years as the restoration is now back in full swing. Two Ringed Plovers & a Whimbrel flew through on Sunday morning. A single Common Sandpiper remains but no Green Sands which is unusual for this time of year. A full summer plumage Dunlin stayed for four days leaving on Sunday and there has been regular sightings of the Little Egrets.

John bagged the sites first returning Redstart on Sunday (our second for year) & a Kingfisher. 

Our two Lesser-backed Gull & Oystercatcher chicks continue to do well under close protection of their parents. With mid-week rain forecast we could get something new coming through. 

Thanks to Mark Clarke for forwarding a couple of great shots from in the week. Also thanks to the Jon, Squire, Mike & Terry for forwarding sightings.

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