17th August 2015

A quiet day today with few reports of note, except for a decent cast of waders at the Dams: over the last few days, the mud there has hosted 11 Ruff, up to four Common and Five Green Sandpipers, three Dunlin, three Snipe, eight Curlew, 20 Lapwings, two each of Redshank and Greenshank and a long overdue Wood Sandpiper yesterday, the first of the autumn (NCt et al).

Knot on the Brigg (Dan Lombard)

Knot on the Brigg (Dan Lombard)

The sea has been unremarkable but for a good day for Little Terns on 15th, with four north in the morning (JS, CW) and two north in the afternoon (MJP). Notable land-based migrants included an early Fieldfare in Parish Wood, a new Short-eared Owl at the Tip and both Pied and Spotted Flycatchers in the Top Scrub area (all also 15th) in addition to a modest sprinkling of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps in suitable habitat and up to three Whinchats on Carr Naze.