Friday 6th May

Another nice little selection of passage waders in amongst today's birds : a GREY PLOVER looking very smart in it's summer plumage, a BAR-TAILED GODWIT that seemed to have no tail feathers to speak of, two COMMON SANDPIPERS, one OYSTERCATCHER, a handful of YELLOW WAGTAILS and a total of three GREENSHANKS. There were originally two before a third came in whereupon they all got rather upset and kept calling and flying around before I think they headed off somewhere else. Richard Foster also reported a LITTLE RINGED PLOVER and three WHIMBREL that flew through.

The combination of continual sun and a reasonably strong wind has meant that the floods are drying up quite rapidly now and they desperately need a good dose of rain to freshen them up a bit.

As I've been going out rather late the light has been too poor for any photography so here's a shelduck that I took a few weeks back (c) Adam Hartley

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