Monday, 8 July 2013

7th - 8th July

In a similar story to the Pacific Golden Plover at the start of the month the Lesser Yellowlegs was not seen after the evening of the 5th despite all the likely looking spots having been checked thoroughly over the last couple of days.   Waders were however, the main focus of the last few days with numbers increasing seemingly everyday as recent counts included 433 Oystercatchers, 291 Lapwings, 434 Golden Plovers, 27 Dunlin, 64 Curlew, 58 Redshank and 27 Bar-tailed Godwits which, along with hundreds of Gulls and Starlings are making good use of the recently cut silage fields.   Other birds were thin on the ground with the dubious highlight being the first Canada Goose of the year along with an adult male Peregrine and the first immigrant juvenile Song Thrush.

The Arctic Terns are now beginning to hatch with numbers of non-breeding birds also increasing; at least 1300 were counted on 7th which included high numbers of 1st summer birds

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