20th August 2018

The last few days days have mostly been about waders, with good numbers passing through and stopping off, especially at the Dams and East Lea. Highlights there (most of which are still present) include Spotted Redshank, up to 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 19 Dunlin, 30 Snipe, six Green Sandpipers, Greenshank, Little Ringed and Ringed Plover, three Common Sandpipers and up to 45 Lapwing.

Black-tailed Godwit, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Five Shovelers, the long-staying Wigien and Shelducks and up to three Little Egrets have also frequented our two wetland reserves. Three Egyptian geese were in the bay corner on 14th, with five at the Dams on 18th and 19th. The sea has been very quiet, with just single figures of e.g. terns, the odd skua and a few Manx Shearwaters of note, but the Brigg is hosting a good selction of waders including two Purple Sandpipers and up to 35 Dunlin.

A short break in transmissions beckons – back in early September with a full update and regular sightings as the autumn proceeds!