16th August 2016

A similar cast to previous days, with a varied section of waders at the Dams still including the Spotted Redshank and up to three Greenshank, two Green Sandpipers, nine Dunlin, six Ruff, a Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Lapwings and several Curlew (with a further 18 over early on); a Little Egret flew over this morning. The Kingfisher and several Water Rails are also still present, and wildfowl numbers are slowly improving, with 110 Mallards, 25 Teal, and a Shoveler there and a Tufted Duck, a Wigeon, two Gadwall and 15 Mallard at East Lea.

Spotted (left) and Common Redshanks at the Dams this morning (Mark Pearson)

Spotted (left) and Common Redshanks at the Dams this morning (Mark Pearson)

Sightings from yesterday concerned two Sooty Shearwaters north and 24 Manx Shearwaters south, and a good selection of waders on the move which were headlined by 46 Knot north. A Tree Pipit, a Greenshank and four Yellow Wagtails came in off the sea late morning, with a good sprinkling of the latter species locally over recent days. At the Gap, a Great Skua and 20 Dunlin were the pick of observations there.