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Rushy Cranes have lift off?

Rushy Cranes have lift off?

Over the weekend a trio of Cranes were seen to fly out of the Rushy, with no sightings today it seems the breeding pair and juvenile have flown out to the greater reserve or even beyond. Three our of the four chicks have been seen in flight so far, only the South Lake pair to go.Sightings for the weekend include (most for today with yesterday in brackets)Middle Point15 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 122 Dunlin, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Avocet, 76 Curlew, Cape Shelduck or hybrid with Shelduck flock. The Dumbles28 Curlew and 2 Kestrel. Summer Walkway/Tack Piece fenceRedstart, Sedge and Reed Warbler + Common Whitethroats.South Lake27 Pied Wagtail, juvenile Dunlin, 5 Lapwing, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Teal + busy deep lake with duck species. Top New PieceSingle Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 70 Lapwing, Spoonbill, 26 Shoveler and c35 Teal. (juvenile Wood Sandpiper here yesterday).Rushy HideAvocet, Juvenile Dunlin, 6 Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshank, 11+ Ruff, 22 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 4 Lapwing. Tack PieceSnipe, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Lapwing, 12 Teal. Afternoon Wildlife safariJuvenile Buzzard, Grey Heron, 2 Little Egrets, Crane pair with young, 3 Kestrel, Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, Roe Deer, Painted Lady and Common Blue butterflies, Brown Hawker dragonfly and a (the!) Lancaster bomber!

Curlew Sandpipers and Dunlin influx

Curlew Sandpipers and Dunlin influx

Top New PieceTwo breeding plumage Curlew Sandpipers (moulting) with increased flock number of 84 Dunlin plus calling Water Rail, 279 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Lapwing, 28 Shoveler, 21 Teal, Ross"s Goose came in to drink with the Barnacle Geese.Rushy Hide/Peng ObservatorySpotted Redhshank, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Redshank, 2 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Avocet, 3 Lapwing and 12 Ruff. Tack Piece31 Teal, 21 Shoveler, 6 Green Sandpiper, 3 Lapwing and Common Sandpiper on the scrape, juvenile Whitethroat feeding below Stephen Kirk Hide. South LakeSix Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 3 Lapwing, Crane pair with juvenile + Coot, Moorhen, Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Greylag and 16 Pied Wagtails plus a second Cape Shelduck (or hybrid).Middle PointGreat to see a freshly fledged juvenile Curlew and four colour ringed birds among 97 counted, small flocks of 9 + 18 Dunlin, Cape Shelduck (or hybrid) 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Kestrel and 3 Little Egret. Knott HideWeasel, Cetti's, Reed and 2 Willow Warblers. Summer WalkwayA family of C. Whitethroats.

What's the collective noun for Mandarin Duck?

What's the collective noun for Mandarin Duck?

This morning a flock of 24 Mandarin Duck were on the Decoy

What would have Scott thought?

What would have Scott thought?

Looking out from the Scott House this morning, our founder Sir Peter Scott would have seen a whole host of birds he may never have imagined would be possible on the Rushy

First juvenile Blackwit of the season

First juvenile Blackwit of the season

The first juvenile Black-tailed Godwit of the season was with the flock on the Tack Piece this morning

Making hay

Making hay

The weather has been a little grey, windy and occasionally damp in the last few days, but the farmers are still out making hay when the sun does shine

An influx of wind-hovers

An influx of wind-hovers

We've seen an increase in the number of Kestrel on the reserve in recent days, presumably a locally fledged brood now exploring the big wide world

Becoming a regular

Becoming a regular

The Caspian Tern was again on the reserve today, first on the estuary off Middle Point before moving to the Top New Piece, and making a brief stop at the South Lake

Caspian Tern visits again

Caspian Tern visits again

The Caspian Tern has been seen flying north along the canal this morning, and then dropped in on the reserve around 12noon

What a difference

What a difference

What a difference a day makes as temperatures drop more than 10 degrees

No show from the scarce visitors

No show from the scarce visitors

No sighings of either the Pectoral Sandpiper or Caspian Tern through the day

Caspian Tern and Pectoral Sandpiper on the Top New Piece today

Caspian Tern and Pectoral Sandpiper on the Top New Piece today

The hottest day of the year so far produced a few notable sightings

Busy nesting Swallows

Busy nesting Swallows

Several pairs of Swallow have already completed their first brood, and are now busy setting up nests for their second

Black-tailed Godwit flock increasing

Black-tailed Godwit flock increasing

The flock of Black-tailed Godwit has been increasing every day this week as birds arrive back from Iceland

Spoonbills on tour

Spoonbills on tour

The two long-staying immature Spoonbills were touring the reserve this morning