23rd May 2017

Black-tailed Godwits at the Dams (Judith Henley)

A quiet few days as high pressure and settled conditions dominate. Today saw Cuckoos at the Gap and the allotments, while Spotted Flycatchers remained at Parish Wood and the Tip after arriving yesterday, when 10 Barnacle Geese went south at the Gap. A Little Owl was near to last year’s breeding site on 21st, while the daily passage of small numbers of Manx Shearwaters spiked at 23 north on 20th. Three Black-tailed Godwits were at the Dams on the same day, and a White Wagtail was at East Lea on 19th. Trickles of waders, Yellow wagtails, hirundines and finches are still going through in small numbers but visible migration has generally ebbed and the sea remains very quiet. 

Kestrel, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)