Late spring passage waders
The usual late May flurry of passage waders is once upon us and sightings in the past week or so have included up to three Greenshank, a Wood Sandpiper, a flock of six Ringed Plover of the subspecies tundrae and a Common Sandpiper. One - two Redshanks have also been present on 8383 and have lingered on the farm longer than any other spring / summer birds have. So, maybe this is a precursor to a breeding attempt in future years. It is also pleasing to report the continued presence of Snipe on North Screed. These have been heard 'chipping' on two occasions so a breeding attempt has almost certainly been made. The outcome of such attempts is always difficult to determine, but I'll keep a careful eye on things to see if breeding can be proven.
As alluded to in previous blogs, the Lapwings are on course for producing no chicks and the current weather won't help matters. With one or two territorial birds still on site we still have hope, but in reality 2014 is likely to be very disappointing for this species.
Other interesting sightings have included a calling Quail this morning, a Hobby and our Icelandic visitor remains in residence.