Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Comma (Judith Henley)

A very wet, quiet day today with the only birds of note being a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper at the Dams, and three Arctic Skuas and 666 Common Scoters north on this morning’s seawatch. Hobbys overflew the tow and the Gap on 6th, when 23 Black-tailed Godwits went south over the Country Park.

Hedgehog emerging from nest (Mike Cole)

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Red-backed Shrike (Mark Pearson)

A Kingfisher at the dams today (DL) was the first of the season, while a three hour seawatch from mid-morning yesterday (4th) was quiet but for a good passage of gulls, including a day-record three Yellow-legged Gulls (MJP); all were juveniles and all northbound. A female-type Black Redstart was on Carr Naze first thing (CW) and 215 Swifts went south at the Gap. The Red-backed Shrike was last seen on 3rd, completing a stay of nine days.

Yellow-legged Gull (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

The Red-backed Shrike remain in situ on long Hedge, while waders at the Dams today included twos of Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Common Sadnpiper and Redshank, with another two Blackwits, two Curlew and 37 Lapwing at East Lea. Two Garden Warblers were trapped in Top Scrub and 23 Sandwich Terns were on the Brigg.