5/8 Waders, more or less?

Went to Paull Holme Strays with Roy this morning to do the high tide with John. Big tide so all waders displaced except for some roosting on the bund. However with the falling tide more came in from which I picked out an adult Curlew Sandpiper. Also Redshank 600, Dunlin 300, Oystercatcher 2, Black-tailed Godwit 30, Bar-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Ringed Plover 20, Golden Plover 300and  Curlew 110. Also 3 Whimbrel flew west calling and a Marsh Harrier east over the river then south.

No sign of any Small Red-eyed Damselfly.

At Tophill Low NR this afternoon John found the 1st returning Goldeneye on D res. Apart from a Greenshank seen by Richard Hampshire mid morning the only other waders were the usual Lapwing. 2 Peregrine over Watton Carrs, also found by John.

At least while the sun was out there were plenty of insect, although nothing new.

Udea lutealis   

Ruddy Darter

Gatekeeper on Ragwort.

The best bird of the day waited to the end. We were all sat in the Vol.Wardens office when Richard thought he heard a Crossbill calling again. Rushed out with Roy and found an immature male Crossbill top of a “pine” opposite. Then followed the biggest appearance of cameras since the Cattle Egret. All fired off a few shots before it flew east calling still. Unfortunately Dave Ruffles arrived too late!

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August 5, 2012 · 7:12 pm

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