First of the autumn waders
The North Screed sluice was dropped last weekend, so I popped in to see how the water levels were and whether there were any signs of early autumn passage waders. Although water levels are dropping fairly quickly there are still some very nice conditions for waders with plenty of wet muddy areas. A Greenshank obviously agreed with my thoughts as it busily fed in the shallows - the first real sign of the onset of autumn wader passage. A fledged juvenile Lapwing was amongst the rushes and a late brood of Mallards was also new. A freshly fledged juvenile Meadow Pipit was confirmation that the single pair have bred successfully. The female Shoveler remains in residence, but the Shelduck have seemingly departed.