Lade - warm, dry and sunny, w 4 - Following on from the strong winds of yesterday that delivered hundreds of migrating Knot, Grey Plover and Bar-tailed Godwits onto the sands at low tide, today produced lesser numbers of the aforementioned, although the staple ten species of shorebirds could still be found across the bay. Several Mediterranean Gulls were amongst hundreds of Black-headed and Common Gulls, plus five Shelducks, 30 Sandwich and 20 Common Terns. This morning at least seven Wheatears and two Whimbrels were grounded on the Desert, while the bushes held a few Willow Warblers and Common Whitethroats.
An afternoon visit to ARC produced another wide range of waders including a smart juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, Green and Common Sandpipers, two Ruff, Greenshank, 12 Golden Plovers, three Black-tailed Godwits, 20 Dunlins, 30 Ringed (including one very small, dark Tundra type) and two Little Ringed Plovers. After an hour the Glossy Ibis flew onto the weedy islands to feed, although what was lurking unseen around the corner in front of Hanson hide is anyone`s guess!