A fairly predictable first few days of August, dominated by waders at the wetlands, Brigg and offshore and a trickle of passage seabirds. The highlight of the period involved 12 Bottlenose Dolphins, which spent a good while playing in the bay on 3rd before eventually rounding the Brigg and heading North.
At East Lea and the Dams (the vast majority of waders being at the former), combined daily totals include up to five Dunlin, two Greenshank, 11 Green Sandpipers, four Common Sandpipers, five Snipe, two Little Ringed Plovers, two Little Egrets, 60 Lapwings, five Curlew, odd Whimbrel and various flyovers, including 65 Golden Plovers today. The long-staying Spoonbill remains at the Dams throughout, while two Wigeon and up to 35 Teal are also present.
On the sea, expected daily occurences include a few Arctic and Great Skuas, commoner waders in small numbers, a few Arctic and Common Terns among more numerous Sandwich, with notable totals of 38 Manxies north on 3rd and an impressive 603 Oystercatchers south on 3rd. Painted Ladies continue to dominate butterfly sightings (with over 300 on Carr Naze) and several Hummingbird Hawkmoths are there and elsewhere in the area.
Thanks for tuning in over these last seven years, when watching this website grow in stature and popularity has been one of many rewards that have more than justified the efforts – it’s goodnight from me, so good birding to you all and see you in the field!