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13 Aug 2017

Today’s sightings

Only 2 Wood Sandpiper were seen this morning on the Tack Piece along with a reduced number of Green Sandpiper too.  The Cattle Egret again dropped in to the South Lake for a short time.

South Lake Hides

The Black-tailed Godwit flock were at roost this morning with at least 208 birds present.  By mid-afternoon they were busy feeding across the wader scrape with a small group coming right in front of the Discovery Hide.  At least 44 Redshank were counted along with 8 Ruff, a single Greenshank, 3 Snipe and 2 Dunlin.  Duck included 115 Gadwall, 14 Shoveler, 19 Teal and 21 Tufted Duck.  There was no sign of the Pochard or Wigeon but 2 Little Grebe were present.

Zeiss Hide

All was quiet this morning with 113 Lapwing and a collection of duck the only birds present.  High tide pushed in more waders including up to 350 Dunlin and 18 Black-tailed Godwit.

Holden Tower and Summer Walkway

Two Whinchat was on the fence line at Mid Point and a Wheatear was also seen.  Most of the Yellow Wagtails have moved to the cattle at the southern end of the Dumbles but at least 2 birds were seen around Mid Point this morning.  Out on the mudflats before high tide were 44 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 38 Curlew and a Little Egret.

The high tide Curlew roost was late to arrive but numbered around 80 birds which arrived in a single flock from the north.  Nine Cranes were on the Dumbles.

Robbie Garnett Hide

At least two Wood Sandpiper were present this morning, one bird showing well and another that worked its way up the scrape and then up the channel and out of sight.  Four Green Sandpiper appeared to be the peak count with a single Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Little-ringed Plover also seen.

Rushy Hide

Two Green Sandpipers were present this morning along with 6 Lapwing, 2 Little Grebe, a single Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Gadwall and 5 Shoveler.