Arctic bound waders stopping off on the Severn

The mud on the Severn is still providing feeding opportunities for many species of wading birds, modest numbers can be seen on the mudflats throughout the day, they can come and go, a passing raptor or desire to feed over the mud shelf for awhile can meant they are out of view or flighty.

The breeding plumage Curlew Sandpiper, at least 21 Sanderling,62 Dunlin, 82 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 6 Avocet, 2 Grey Plover, 4 Oystercatcher and 14 Curlew were present at 0830am, two Spoonbill were seen in flight a couple of times off Saul Warth and later came down to Middle Point.

South Lake

Up to five Mediterannean Gulls, the 2cy Little Gull, 72 Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gulls on the causeway and colony, 3 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher plus broods, nesting Avocets plus chicks, Great Crested and Little Grebes, Gadwall, Shelduck and Cormorants.

Top New Piece

Drake Garganey, 3:2 Shoveler (one brood), drake Wigeon, two 2cy Mediterranean Gulls + Lapwing, 2 pairs of Redshank, Mallard, Gadwall, Shelduck, Grey Heron + 2 Little Egrets. Bottom New Piece- Cuckoo singing, Crane family and 8 Redshank.

Estuary Tower

Male and female Curlew feeding on the Dumbles + a Whimbrel, a few Lapwing and pairs of Oystercatcher, Avocets and nesting Cranes on the scrape.

Tack Piece

Egyptian Goose with the Greylag flock, 7 Avocet, Lapwing, Gadwall and a few Reed Warblers.