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Big increase in Dunlin 27th July

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 6:55 AM

The wader numbers have been growing slowly over the last few days, but today on the salt water pool mud, an impressive 1100 Dunlin were scattered about, mostly distant wobbly objects in the heat haze, and 99% ads birds, an increase of 400 overnight.

Also on the mud were 1000+ Knot, 300+ Redshank, 180 Barwits and 25 Blackwits, 7 Turnstone, with 5 juv Common Sands on either here or the fresh water pool edge.

The first juv Common Gull of the autumn arrived mid morning, with 3 Juv + 3 ad Med Gulls showing well again and an adult summer Little Gull dropped in for a bathe.

Juv Med Gull Seaforth NR 27th July 2013

Ads Little Gull Seaforth NR 27th July 2013

Ads Little Gull Seaforth NR 27th July 2013

A single 1sts Arctic Tern was amongst the common Terns and 7ad + 1 juv Sandwich Terns.

Good numbers of butterflies are on the wing which is good news, as we have lost a good area for butterflies with the large warehouse going up, the fear was losing certain species, but there is still plenty of habitat and they seem to be back in healthy numbers.

A Brown Hawker was patrolling the reedbed area, the only dragonfly species seen for some time.

Categories: Seaforth Birding

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