Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Sunshine, at last...

Lade - 0630hrs - sunny, dry, w2 - Following last nights downpour the sunshine and light airs was most welcome. Over the pits warblers were perched atop bushes drying out, while a large flock of Swifts and Sand Martins cruised above the storm beaches. Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Hobby and Sparrowhawk were already on the wing and at least 8 Common Sandpipers noted around the margins of south pit. Another juv Greater pecker heard in the willows suggested a post breeding dispersal.
ARC - 1500hrs Waders here included the adult Little Stint which was joined by a Blackwit and Whimbrel. Also a scattering of sandpipers, plovers, Dunlins plus the duck Goosander from Screen hide. Greater pecker here too.

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