Spotted flycatcher: This is one of at least four young found feeding around the car park and woodlands at Burton Mere Wetlands.
A really nice site as this bird has declined by 80% in recent years. We know of at least 4 pairs that have bred locally though :)
Fantastic news for us as our single pair of nesting terns have fledged a chick :)
This may not sound that impressive to all of you that have visited the northeast and other tern strongholds but it is only our 2nd ever nest and perhaps more importantly the very 1st time they have fledged, a small step in the right direction for a bird that is increasingly struggling in the northern parts of its range.
And perhaps even more impressive is the sight of a second pair ... what are they up to then?
In stark contrast, until recently the estuary held the second largest colony of common terns in the country which, for some reason have up and left the particular non-RSPB, privately managed site???
If its terns you like (and I do) then now is your chance to see a thousand of them feasting on the outer estuary, in particular at the Point of Ayr on Saturday 4th August (www.rspb.org.uk/pointofayr) we are taking a guided walk to showcase the "swallows of the sea" and show you first hand how important our estuaries and coastal waters are.
So book now to guarantee your place by phoning 0151 353 8478.
Other recent sightings: black-tailed godwit x500, green sandpiper, common sandpiper, little egret x70 nests, 3 pairs of oystercatcher feeding young, spotted flycatcher, kingfisher, hobby.
With all this rain maybe we should be building an ark .... come to think of it the reception building here is a safe bet if we get any floods!
Returning waders are stealing the show at the moment and despite what you may have heard on the news this week some waders do return this early.
Despite the rather damp weather today has been a good day for sightings with two spotted redshank, two greenshank and guess how may ruff ... yes two!
The most numerous waders at the moment is a close call between lapwings and black-winged godwits with around 500 of each, quite spectacular when the local peregrine flies through. The keen eyed amongst you may even spot a green sandpiper (like a large house martin in flight) or the rather rapid snipe (up to seven seen).
Another bonus for the day was a singing yellowhammer beyond the path to the "bunker hide". This area of farmland has traditionally held one or two pairs but this is the first time this year that I have heard them.
And to bring you fully up to date: the oystercatchers are busy feeding young on drowned earthworms from a nearby field; the common terns are feeding yound on a mixture of small fish caught spectacularly in the meres; and the avocets have mostly dispersed due to chicks fledging.
I wonder what tomorrow will bring .....
If you want to see and learn more about the Dee Estuary's wildlife spectacles don't forget to check out our events and remember to book your place early to avoid disappointment www.rspb.org.uk/burtonmerewetlands