Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Tundra Ringed Plovers

Lade - 0700hrs - mild, sunny, sw 2,  1500hrs sw 5 - Two goes at the local patch revealed nothing new on the migrant front apart from a singing Willow Warbler and a few Swifts in the morning and two Hobbies in the afternoon, by which time the wind had reverted to type. However, on the beach a flock of 20 Tundra Ringed Plovers was noteworthy, plus 30 Dunlins, mostly in summer plumage.
The garden moth trap held 12 macros of five species.

                                Muslin moth, Lade

Burrowes - 0930hrs - Spent the rest of the morning continuing with the wader survey, this time walking around Burrowes, where a lone pair of Oystercatchers noted. It seemed odd looking back across the lake from a different angle, where the Cormorant colony at the Scott hide end held at least 58 occupied nests. Also noted two Jays, a Whinchat and Peregrine. Two painted lady butterflies were on the wing amongst many small coppers.

                                Cormorant colony, Burrowes

                                Visitor Centre

                                Prostrate Broom

                                Sea Campion


  1. Tundra plovers turn up most years about now on the beach down here and are noticeably smaller and slimmer with darker upperparts than the local Ringed Plovers. They`re nearly always in small, tight flocks and rarely stay for long, en-route to breeding in the Scandinavian uplands and along the Arctic coastline east into Siberia. Smart little waders indeed.

  2. Well, well, first I've ever heard of them.

  3. I too was completely unaware of this race until I moved down here ten years ago. It was the late, great Ray Turley who `introduced` me to Tundra Plovers, and once you`ve got your eye in and know where and when to expect them they`re easy enough to id.