Lade - 0600hrs - cool, cloudy, nw 2-4 - The cool north-westerly suppressed moth numbers again, although Orange Swift was new for the year. Spent a fair bit of time this morning checking out the breeding birds of Lade pits, of which there were many. Water fowl in particular have done well this year with plenty of juv Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe and Coot around the place; probably in some part due to a local gamekeeper trapping the Mink, and thinking back I`ve not seen one here for a couple of years or more. Although the warblers have largely fallen silent the reed beds were bursting with juv Reed Warblers with Whitethroats in the drier scrub.
On the migrant front at least 20 Willow Warblers noted, plus 5 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Green Sandpipers, Whimbrel and a Hobby.
ARC/Burrowes - 1400hrs - Checked out the waders this afternoon, although a Peregrine kept them on the move at both locations. Best of the bunch was 2 Wood Sands in front of Firth hide and a flock of 16 Redshanks from the VC; also, 10 Common Sandpiper, 10 Dunlin, 4 Green Sandpiper, 4 LRP, 3 RP, 2 Greenshank, Whimbrel, Ruff and Grey Plover, while Curlew Sandpiper and Blackwit were reported this morning. Other bits and pieces included, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Egyptian Geese, Little Gull, Garganey and Hobby.