19th May 2019

Notables over recent days include a Turtle Dove on Long Hedge today (the first, and hopefully not last, of the year) and a brief Temminck’s Stint at the Dams, which attracted a superb summer plumage Spotted Redshank on the 17th and 18th. 

Spotted Redshank, Dams (Nigel Webster)

The Dams is also hosting up to five Common Sandpipers, three Greenshank, a Little Ringed Plover, a Redshank and a Snipe as well as four Little Grebes, two Gadwall and a Little Egret, while the Brigg is hosting five Purple Sandpipers, five Turnstones, a Common Sandpiper, three Ringed Plovers and, on 18th, two Grey Plovers. Passerine migrants have been thin on the ground, with just a small increase in common warblers as well as the Grasshopper Warbler still singing at the Tip.