At 6.30 a.m. the warden and a colleague were out surveying Rimmer's Marsh. Highlights; male Garganey, male Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, 4 Sand Martins, loads of Lapwings, 210 Black-tailed Godwits and a remarkable 17 singing Reed warblers.
A Cuckoo heralded the day at the old sandworks and then Sutton's Marsh at 8.30 am then an Osprey flew over Sandgrounders Hide at 11. Probably a migrant heading north but dare one hope it was the one spotted earlier this month staking out the area. These highlights were followed by reports of an Alpine Swift flying over. Also spotted were 3 Whimbrel, a pair of Garganey on Rimmer's Marsh, 360 Black-tailed Godwits, and a male Pintail, A pair of Yellow wagtails were feeding among the cattle on Sutton's Marsh and about 250 Swifts were feeding over the reserve.
Afternoon sightings included 3 Whinchats in the brambles next to Rainfords Lagoon, 3 Wheatears near the sandworks, a Curlew Sandpiper with about 90 Dunlin on Rimmer's Marsh and the pair of Garganey provided migration interest.
An Osprey was seen flying inland over Hesketh Golf Course at 8.25 this morning.
2 curlew sandpipers spotted late on Polly's Pool. A few bits and bobs about including: 7 Dunlin, a ringed plover, 2 ruffs, a female ruddy duck, hordes of hirundines on Sutton's Marsh and swifts galore on Rimmer's Marsh. Unusual to see three house sparrows feeding around Sandgrounder's Hide and on the mammalian front: weasel, stoat and brown hare.
No sign of dowitcher today, yet, but a Wood Sandpiper near Nel's Hide. At Sandgounder's Hide were Reed warbler, Sedge warbler and Wheatear. There were Swallows and at least 25 Swifts. Waterbirds included Tufted duck, Shoveller, Teal, Pintail, Gadwall, and 2 Curlew sandpipers. A 1st. summer Mediterranean was the only noteworthy gull. Mammals included weasel and hares.
Long-billed Dowitcher at RSPB Marshside again this morning.