Friday 20th & Saturday 21st May

We're really getting to the "fag end" of the spring wader passage now with everything having a distinct June feel to it already. Still at least the floods have survived surprisingly well given that it was the driest April on record though there is a nasty green algal scum covering much of the water now. The last couple of days have seen a few RINGED PLOVER (4 yesterday and 2 today) and DUNLIN (1 yesterday and 2 today) passing through. There's been the odd YELLOW WAGTAIL still about and yesterday I managed to hear a distant calling CUCKOO. Today the NUTHATCH was heared calling from its usual location. The 2 OYSTERCATCHERS were still around this evening and there are always plenty of black-headed gulls picking their way over the mud. A nice Temminck's stint would round things off wonderfully but I suspect that we're not going to get it now.

I keep meaning to post some photos but have been rather busy this week. I'll try to catch up in the next day or two.

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