26th August 2015
A quieter couple of days locally, with a strengthening south to south-westerly airflow encouraging a clear-out of land migrants and keeping movements at sea to a minimum; Pied Flycatchers, for example, are down to low single figures and Willow Warblers only in low double figures.
The combined head-count of waders at the Dams and East Lea remains impressive however, with a regular changeover of birds; today’s totals included two Wood Sandpipers (continuing a very good year for this species), six Green Sandpipers, four Common Sandpipers, two Greenshank, nine Ruff, 14 Dunlins, 10 Lapwings and three Snipe. One to two Little Egrets continue to frequent both sites, with Teal numbers up to 15 and Wigeon three.
Yesterday (25th) saw the Wood Warbler still in the orchard, a new Red-veined Darter by Long Hedge (MJP et al), a Short-eared Owl at the Tip, two Marsh Harriers over Primrose Valley, Wood Sandpipers at the Dams and over the Tip, a Great Spotted Woodpecker in off at north Cliff, and 16 Pied Flycatchers and 38 Willow warblers among smaller numbers of common migrants.