As we reach the end of May the migration has slowed but certainly isn't over as proven today. The estuary provided the most interest for species that stop off to rest and feed before moving on. The wader scrapes are dominated by Avocets, the breeding waders are experiencing high levels of predation, just about everything that is able is trying to eat them! Highlights from this morning's hide round were as follows with additional reports.Top New PieceA breeding plumage Curlew Sandpiper was feeding on the islands over the high tide, it was mobile and not seen at 1035am, liekly to have gone out to the Severn to feed but it may return on tommorow's tide. The three immature Spoonbills, Great Egret and G. Heron were in the shallows, 10 Swift feeding over, drake Wigeon, 35 drake and 3 female Gadwall, a pr of Teal, 5 drake Shoveler and 20 Avocets.Middle Point over high tideThe shelf on the edge of the Dumbles hosted c6 Sanderling, c 35 Dunlin, c10 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 27 Curlew, 6 Grey Plover (inc breeding plumage), 2 Oystercatcher, 78 Shelduck, 35 GBB Gull and 2 Barnacle Geese. Tack Piece24 Barnacle Geese, 6 Lapwing, 5 Avocet, 2 drake Gadwall Estuary TowerCrane pair with two chicks (Oakie/Sherbert) who bred on the Top New Piece and Evie and Monty feeding independently during the morning, we are usnure if they are still incubating, 12 Avocet on the scrape with broods of 4, 1 and 1. Long Ground PoolA Great Crested Grebe, 17 drake Gadwall and Grey Heron. Rushy Hide/Peng ObservatoryA pair of Little-ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 41 Avocet, drake Shoveler, 26 drake Gadwall, 11 drake and 4 female Tufted Duck.South LakeAt least one 2nd calendar year Mediterranean Gull among the Black-headed Gulls early morning at least, 39 Avocets-broods of 1,1 and 2 with three on nests, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, 16 drake and 1 female Gadwall, 37 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 drake and one duck Teal, 10 drake and 3 duck Tufted Duck. Spinney Wood/Entrance to South Finger2 Treecreeper in the oaks and hawthorns.
Perhaps six or more Red Kites were noted over the site today.
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 LakeUp 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 PieceDrake 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 TowerMale and female Curlew feeding on the Dumbles + a Whimbrel, a few Lapwing and pairs of Oystercatcher, Avocets and nesting Cranes on the scrape. Tack PieceEgyptian Goose with the Greylag flock, 7 Avocet, Lapwing, Gadwall and a few Reed Warblers.
Another 'pulse' of waders on the Severn today included a fine breeding plumage Curlew Sandpiper. Middle PointTwo Spoonbill, 2 Little Egret, 2 Avocet, breeding plumage Turnstone, 95 Ringed Plover, 29 Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, 63 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, Oystercatcher and 8 Curlew on the Severn mud just to North, two hunting/scrapping Kestrel, Reed Bunting and Reed Warblers in the reeds. The Little Gull was feeding onthe mud at midday.Top New PieceFemale Shoveler with 10 ducklings, drake Garganey, drake Wigeon, Oystercatcher, a few Lapwing and Redshank on the flood with Avocets, pairs or bachelor groups of Mallard and Gadwall, pairs of Tufted Duck and Shelduck, singing Reed Warbler.South LakeCommon Tern, 2 Redshank, nesting Crane, Little-ringed Plover, two pairs of Oystercatcher with young, 22 Avocet + chicks, 68 Black-tailed Godwit. 3 Teal + Cormorant, Shelduck, Tufted Duck and Mallards. Three Common Tern flew over the grounds heading for here mid-morning.Tack PieceEleven Avocet, pair of Gadwall plus 2 drakes, 12 Shelduck, Barnacle Goose, Egyptian Goose, pair of Tufted Duck, Mallard with 2 fledged young. Duck DecoyA pair of Little Grebe, drake Shoveler and Gadwall, Gulls are fly-catching again.Rushy Hide/Peng ObservatoryThree adult Little-ringed Plover (pair with chick and visiting male), pair of Cranes with 2 chicks), 55 Avocet (10 nests), Little Gull briefly, 26 drake Gadwall, m Shoveler, Chiloe Wigeon hybrid with female Wigeon.
Double figures of Painted Lady Butterflies on the Wild Safaris today.
Today's high tide is around 12noon, with a good variety of waders and other species on offer as the waters' rose.
Monty & Evie have a new egg on the Dumbles scrape, viewed from the Estuary Tower, and become our sixth nesting pair of Cranes this season
After Kia & Chocolo successfully hatched two chicks on the Rushy in the last few days, we now have six Crane chicks across the reserve
Single Temminck's Stints were seen in the Rushy feeding on the top pond island, and on the Top New Piece islands today.
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