Only a couple of weeks after the longest day of the year and there are clear signs of autumn wader passage kicking into gear. The first returning Green Sandpipers appeared on the farm in mid June, but although the water levels have been dropped to allow management to take place, the remaining water in the scrapes has been attracting a number of waders in the past couple of days. A nice arrival of Snipe involved a count of 10 on Saturday, whilst two Dunlins (an adult and a juvenile) were a nice find. A juvenile Little Ringed Plover probably hadn't come further than the nearby Wykeham Lakes where a few pairs breed and an adult and a juvenile Lapwing were still present.
Above and below - The adult and juvenile Dunlin on the farm today. The feathers of the adult (top) look worn and quite faded after the rigours of the breeding season, whilst the feathers of the juvenile (below) look very fresh and neat.
I'll post some more details of the breeding season in due course, but I was very pleased to find a brood of Tufted Ducks this morning; the first confirmed breeding record for the species on the farm. At least one pair of Yellow Wagtails have been confirmed to breed successfully, whilst there are also quite a few juvenile Pied Wagtails and Skylarks around the farm. All very pleasing stuff!