Single Temminck's Stints were seen in the Rushy feeding on the top pond island and on the Top New Piece islands today.Rushy Hide/Peng ObservatoryPair of Cranes with two newly hatched chicks, pair of Little-ringed Plover with two small chicks, Avocets with young as well as nesting birds (36 adults), female Wigeon with Chiloe Wigeon hybrid drake, single drake Shoveler.South LakeA pair of Little-ringed Plover (male displaying), three 2cy Mediterranean Gulls, the 2cy Little Gull in the afternoon, 105 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Great Crested Grebe, broods of 3 and 4 Avocet (52 adults), 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 pairs of Oystercatcher each with three young, 15 Shelduck and a pair of nesting Cranes.Middle Point at low tide/Dumbles foreshore at high tideA Sandwich Tern downriver, an adult breeding plumage Little Stint, at least 222 Ringed Pover, 38 Sanderling and 420 Dunlin on the mudflats with 21 Grey Plover, a Harbour Seal close in at high tide + 16 Curlew and a Bar-tailed Godwit,New CranesFour unringed Cranes arrived over the reserve high from the East, they tried to join a breeding pair in the North of the reserve but were chased off, they've relocated to the the Top New Piece between Zeiss Hide and Estuary TowerTack PieceNine Avocet, 2 Golden Plover in the flash (wet field hollow), Lapwing, 20 Greylag, Egyptian Goose, 4 Barnacle Geese, Oystercatcher, pair of Gadwall, 3 drake and 2 female Tufted Duck, 5 Black-headed Gull.Zeiss Hide/Top and Bottom New PieceGreen-winged Teal drake and three drake Garganey, a female Teal, 4 Avocet on the Bottom New Piece flood, 2 Spoonbill, 2 Little Egret, pair of Crane + 2 chicks, Great Crested Grebe, intersex plumage Teal, 8 Avocet on Top New Piece.
Highlights today included a fly-through Osprey on it's way North and two Little Terns feeding and resting on the Severn. The Osprey flew across the Top New Piece and Dumbles and continued across the Severn with flocks of gulls, Avocets, Shelducks and Curlew all chasing it at times. It was last seen over Awre as it headed toward Newnham on Severn/Arlingham. The Little Terns were initially resting on the sands but started to hunt fish over the main channel, they gradually move downstream to the far side.Other highlights includedMiddle PointTwo Tunstone, a Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Curlew, 420 Dunlin, 149 Ringed Plover, 34 Sanderling and 4 Oystercatcher on the mudflats and high tide roost on the Dumbles edge. The two Spoonbills were also seen here.Tack PieceThree breeding plumage Golden Plover (one southern), Egyptian Goose with Greylags in the wet flash (best viewed from Summer Walkway), 10 Avocet and drake Pintail on the scrape.Estuary TowerAvocet broods are now walking to Top New Piece with others trying to get to the Tack Piece, at least five broods have hatched, distant 2cy Little Gull (early morning only) and 2 drake Garganey on Top New Piece + 2 Spoonbill on the Bottom New Piece flood.Top New PieceThe pair of Cranes (Oakie/Sherbert) with two chicks, two drake Garganey coming and going, Avocets included many feeding birds but a brood have walked in from the Dumbles, a pair of Oystercatchers and a pair of Teal.Rushy HideThree Little-ringed Plover, 43 Avocet + a brood, pair of Cranes, drake Shoveler. Two showy and singing Sedge Warblers along the lane to Martin Smith Hide.South LakeThe second calendar year (2cy) Little Gull spent a lot of time here today, two 2cy Mediterranean Gulls63 Avocet, 68 Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Tern, two pairs of Teal, a Little-ringed Plover, at least one Oystercatcher family with three young, two broods of Mute Swan. A pair of Avocet have four young.South FingerSinging Cuckoo
The first brood of Avocet have hatched on the Dumbles scrape, with four tiny chicks on the shoreline with their parents this morning
The second pair of Oystercatcher have now hatched on the South Lake, both pairs have successfully led their young to the causeways after leaping from hide rooftop nest sites!
The long staying second calendar year Little Gull continues to appear on site, it's been seen intermittently on the estuary, South Lake and Rushy.
A drake Green-winged Teal was newly arrived today. Image by Paul Masters via Twitter @PaulDMasters
Our parent Cranes, Oakie & Sherbert, have moved their newly hatched chicks off the nesting island for their first adventure on the Top New Piece
Great news today that Cranes Oakie & Sherbert have hatched two chicks on the Top New Piece - and now the real work begins!
A quiet estuary this morning, but a breeding plumage Grey Plover is always nice to see
Kingfishers have hatched young
A day of superb visible migration
The first of May is often a good day for Spring migrants, the reserve hosted a good variety of birds through the day.
The Spotted Redshank continues its stay on the reserve, and gradually moulting through to breeding plumage
The second-calendar year Little Gull is still with us today, with the bird flitting around the Rushy this morning
Little Gull on South Lake