A nice selection of waders on offer here including Greenshank, 10 Green Sandpiper, 83 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 juvenile Little-ringed Plover, 5 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Redshank. The Redshank were particularly busy, occasionally squabbling and pursuing each other around the islands on the top pond. A single Crane (Sedge) was also preening on the islands.
South Lake Hides
Most of the waders were at the back of the scrape, best viewed from the Hogarth Hide. The group included 126 Black-tailed Godwit, 63 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Ruff and 10 Redshank. The Crane family were also down this end of the scrape and a pair of Oystercatchers and 4 Avocet were amongst the moulting ducks on the causeway in front of the Discovery Hide.
Waders on the scrape included a Dunlin flock of 113 birds, 29 Avocet, 17 Redshank and 75 Lapwing.
Five Cranes were in the Bottom New Piece picking through the freshly cut hay.
A total of 8 Green Sandpipers were present – 5 from the Knott Hide or Holden Tower and 3 on the Tack Piece scrape viewed from the Robbie Garnett Hide or Stephen Kirk Hide. The bushes around the Stephen Kirk Hide are worth a check, lots of Chiffchaff were busy feeding here this morning and a couple of Bullfinch were also seen close to the hide. A flock of around 40 Goldfinch are also feeding on the thistles and other seeds nearby.
A Peregrine was sat out on the Dumbles from the Holden Tower. A single Curlew and Oystercatcher could be seen on the river, but more birds should be evident for this afternoon’s high tide.