31st July 2014

The month ended relatively quietly, although a Marsh Harrier flew west over the Dams, four Little Egrets were at East Lea and four Snipe were present (two at the Dams and two at the Tip). A high count of 19 Common Darters were along Long Hedge.

Overnight, a trapping session on the Brigg netted four European Storm-petrels, with a similar number around the nets (as well as a larger bird present, likely a Leach’s).

Yesterday (30th), the season’s first Wheatear was on Carr Naze, with 59 Sandwich Terns briefly on the Brigg and 17 Sanderlings there amongst small numbers of other common waders.