Tuesday 17th

Hot stuff walking along the Point looking at invertebrates but did manage to spy 29 Mediterranean Gulls and 44 Sandwich Terns roosting on the mud. Most other birds were hiding from the sun though there was a small passage of returning Sand Martins and Swallows overhead.

Monday 16th

Another sunny and increasingly hot morning brought a big surprise in the shape of a Wood Warbler, trapped in the Whitehouse around two weeks earlier than usual. Those more in favour of the desert experience took a stroll across New Downs, where returning waders included 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 7 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshanks, 15 Green Sandpipers and 21 Common Sandpipers, while a Peregrine flew by, mobbed furiously by a couple of Common Terns.

Sunday 15th

There wasn’t much to report except for a sudden increase to around 60-70 of each in numbers of House Martins and Swallows around the Estate, presumably the offspring of the locals.

Friday 13th

A bit more on the sunny side this morning, a Little Egret had added itself to the multifarious attractions on the scrape and a Yellow Wagtail flew over, but it was otherwise very mid-July-ish.

Thursday 12th

We are promised some good weather for the weekend, apparently, but for the present it remains overcast and cool by morning with sunshine at some point in the afternoon. 9 Cormorants flew over the Estate early on, recalling the events of last winter and an adult Little Ringed Plover was on the scrape, where a Sandwich Tern appeared briefly for the second time in a week or so.

Wednesday 11th

In a re-run of yesterday, overcast and chilly, a Spotted Redshank flew over the Elms and scrape and, in a real sign of autumn, a party of at least 50 mixed tits and warblers flowed across the path between Little and Big Gullies.

Tuesday 10th

Overcast and fairly unpleasant in a N breeze, there were a few bits and bobs about, including a Green Sandpiper and a Little Ringed Plover on the scrape, where a fresh brood of 9 Tufted Duck chicks was nice to see, and a Hobby over the Estate.

Monday 9th

Following another scorcher of a weekend, made tolerable only by lashings of Folk and Ale in the town, this morning was a bit fresher and actually clouded over around mid day. A walk across to the Delf Stream was pretty quiet, though at one point two of the local Buzzards were sparring with a Hobby, giving a few minutes of high quality entertainment. In the end it went to penalties, of course.

Friday 6th

Calm with wispy high cloud and increasingly warm, there was not much going on except for the presence of 2 juvenile Little Ringed Plovers at the scrape.

Thursday 5th

A trek across New Downs in an increasingly oven-like morning brought some early signs of return wader movement, with 12 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers and a Greenshank, plus 3 Black-tailed Godwits, poking about in brick-red splendour at the edge of the river.

Tuesday 3rd

A frisky NE wind continued from overnight through the morning and the birding was much the same as yesterday, with the Little Ringed Plover still on the scrape until it got fed up with being set upon by all and sundry and disappeared.

Monday 2nd

Yes, Sunday was as interesting as that. However, this morning brought continuing hints that early autumn might be taking shape, with a Green Sandpiper and a Little Ringed Plover on the scrape, plus a trickle of Swifts overhead and occasional lost-looking parties of Lapwings flopping about looking for somewhere to take their fancy.