There's been a lot of action down on the saltmarsh over the past couple of days with a great variety of waders around. 2 ruffs, a common sandpiper, 2 spotted redshanks, a green sandpiper, 11 greenshanks, a single knot, a single dunlin and 100+ redshanks have been spotted down there. Please note that if you are heading down to the saltmarsh that there may be some disruption as we are in the process od dismantling the old Eric Morecambe hide ready for the new one to be constructed from Monday. The Allen hide is still currently open. It is also due to be replaced but not until Eric Morecambe hide is near completion. These 2 old hides have served us very well indeed for the last 30 years, but as happens with wooden buildings on an exposed coastal site, they have become dilapidated and beyond repair. We had to replace them at this time as we needed to wait until the waders had finished breeding, but wanted to get it done before the autumn migration. We will keep you updated as to the latest situation.
Elsewhere on the reserve, a hobby has been seen several times at Lower hide. One visitor even saw it chasing a lapwing which managed to out-flly it! There are still marsh harriers around, although fewer than earlier in the summer as they have started to make their way back to Africa for the winter. Why not pop over to see them before they head off south?
The spoonbill that has been here for a good few weeks now has been changing its mind between Griesdale and Lower hides.
Common Sandpiper (copyright Mike Langham rspb-images.com)
Dunlin (copyright Mike Langham rspb-images.com)
Green sandpiper (copyright Mike Langham rspb-images.com)
Knot (copyright Mike Langham rspb-images.com)