Mini Wader Fest

Within a week the number of waders through the reserve appears to have had a slight increase. The most recent has to be the Turnstone that made an appearance on Sunday morning (8th) during heavy rain showers before disappearing into the undergrowth. During the same morning a single Redshank flew in from the east and had multiple attempts at landing on the water before making ground on one of the islands. The Turnstone later reappeared on a different island at the side of a Snipe. A short time later, once the rain had finally stopped, several large groups of Greylag and Canada Geese flew in from the east bringing with them the 2 Egyptian Geese. The eclipse drake (male) Mandarin Duck continues to favour Main Bay Islands. Elsewhere on the reserve 2 Common Sandpipers showed very well on the edge on Spoonbill Flash from Lin Dike Screen on the 8th along with a single Snipe. Early the same day 3 Redshanks and 6+ Yellow Wagtails were viewable from the same location.

2 Common Sandpipers – Joe Seymour

Other waders reported throughout the week have been, 2 Greenshank and 2 Green Sandpipers (2nd); a Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Little Ringed Plovers (7th).
2 Garganey have been seen for the past couple of days on Spoonbill Flash with 3 recorded on the 7th. A Bittern was sighted on the 2nd. 2 Marsh Harriers were seen on the 3rd one of which was very dark and then the following day 2 Ravens were recorded on the North Flashes (4th). The juvenile Peregrine is still being spotted favouring the Pylons at Lin Dike and a Lesser Whitethroat was also recorded from the flashes mid-week on the 4th. The 2 Cattle Egrets are being seen daily hanging around the flashes amongst the Highland Cattle and a Kingfisher has made a return to the Kingfisher Screen being seen daily. Spoonbills seem to be popping up everywhere on the reserve with reports coming from the Moat, Main Bay, Spoonbill and New Flash. Finally a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen flying over Ferry Fryston on the 3rd that appeared to come from the Fairburn direction.

Kingfisher – Colin Burkert
Cattle Egret with a Highland Cow – Paul Adams

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