Many of the birds were still roosting this morning, with most of the duck especially making a leisurely start. It has been a mixed morning with strong sunshine, a strong breeze and the threat of rain. The South Lake and Zeiss Hides are the places to be today with the majority of the birds concentrated here.
South Lake Hides
The wader scrape was busy with birds this morning including a Curlew Sandpiper, 27 Redshank, 9 Ruff, single Avocet and Spotted Redshank, 160 Black-tailed Godwit and 51 Lapwing. At least 8 Snipe were on show from the Hogarth Hide but there was no sign of yesterday’s Jack Snipe. Eight drake Pochard were on the deep lake and a Little Grebe was calling from under the willows. A drake Mandarin was also from the Hogarth Hide.
The small waders began arriving around 9:30am with 97 Dunlin, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and a Little Stint dropping in to join 17 Black-tailed Godwit, a single Redshank and Ruff. A small flock of 12 Golden Plover made a brief flypast, but with the tide coming in for early afternoon more birds may yet arrive. At least 120 Wigeon were grazing on the shoreline in front of the Van de Bovenkamp Hide, the area that was only topped on Wednesday. The birds have already moved in and are loving it.
At least 15 Ruff were foraging in the Bottom New Piece field with 68 Lapwing and a small party of Starling.
A single Green Sandpiper was feeding along the shoreline before flying off towards the Tack Piece. Two drake Pochard and a Pintail were amongst the Mallard and Tufted Duck on the upper pond.
Robbie Garnett Hide
At least 9 Ruff were feeding along the shoreline with the Wigeon and Teal. Two Black-tailed Godwit were also present.