Monty & Evie have a new egg on the Dumbles scrape, and become our sixth nesting pair of Cranes this season. The pair can be seen from the Estuary Tower. They sadly lost their first egg last week, but appear to be being more attentive with this second egg - so fingers crossed!
The drake Green-winged Teal was seen distantly on the Top New Piece this morning, tucked up against the shoreline, so difficult to be seen from the Zeiss Hide, but with patience the bird should show itself as it moves around to feed. The Crane pair have their egg on the left-hand island and have been seen incubating and adding nesting material to the area. Also on the scrape were 16 Avocet with a brood of three chicks, and a pair of Oystercatcher. A single Curlew was on the riverbank with another pair of Oystercatcher, a pair of Avocet and a few Shelduck.
Robbie Garnett Hide
A Great Egret and two Grey Heron were hunting on the Tack Piece close to the hide. Also of note were five Gadwall, the drake Pintail, and four Avocet plus a single chick.
At least 33 adult Avocet were on the wader scrape this morning, plus a flock of 74 Black-tailed Godwit. Three Teal were asleep in front of the hide on the deep lake shoreline. Four second-calendar year Mediterranean Gull were on the causeway and a Whitethroat could be heard singing from hedge behind the scrape.
The pair of Little Ringed Plover are now left with a single chick. The Crane family have now moved from the nesting island and are feeding in the taller vegetation on the causeway. A drake Shoveler and 11 Gadwall were also noted.
The pair of Kingfishers were still feeding their family, and a Cuckoo was singing and showing well from the hide.
Summer Walkway / Middle Point
The high tide roost on the Dumbles produced 69 Dunlin, 20+ Sanderling, 11 Ringed Plover, 17 Curlew, two Whimbrel and a Little Stint. A single Golden Plover was on the Tack Piece.