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 included
Two 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.
Three 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.
Avocet 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 Piece
The 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.
Three 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.
The 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.