On Friday the first Ringed Plovers for the farm dropped in to feed on North Screed. They numbered seven birds and although five soon left to continue their migration, two remained to feed all the time I was there. A single Redshank was perhaps was the same bird seen on a couple of occasions since March, but alternatively may have been bound for a more distant location. The two Ruff seen briefly on Thursday obviously decided against continuing their northward journey, as they were still around on Friday and again today. They are favouring the new flooding near the Old Irrigation Pond.
There was no sign of the Ringed Plovers this morning, but a group of four Greenshanks have arrived and they were busy feeding on North Screed. They are another species likely to be en-route to breeding grounds in Scandinavia. Although the wetland project is focused on encouraging breeding waders such as Lapwing, Curlew, Snipe and Redshank to use the farm, it is very pleasing to see the habitat being utilised by hungry passage waders heading for more distant breeding grounds.
Three recently hatched broods of Mallard have been seen in the past few days, whilst the drake Shoveler is still around. Small numbers of drake Mallard and Gadwall are forming flocks and it will not be long before they are commencing their annual moult.