Yes August migration is really making every day feel a little different at the moment with the birds moving through at a blistering pace with the help of the continuous Northerlies. Mind you today its an easterly and the tides are rising so you never know what may turn up.............
The Bank holiday started well on the Friday with both Temminck's stint and two curlew sandpipers on site - however these all seemed to depart during the night which was clear and calm. A totally different day on Saturday with a very active Bittern and a very showy juvenile merlin while the male Montagu's harrier came into roost late evening.
Wader numbers can vary throughout the day but recent peaks include 31 Black tailed godwits, 16 ruff, 6 spotted redshank, 77 redshank, 2 green sandpipers, greenshank, 3 ringed plover, 3 dunlin, 40 golden plover, curlew, plenty of snipe and lapwing then grey plover, whimbrel and bar tailed godwit west.
Other birds/counts of note include regular peregrine and hobby, little egret, 630 teal and 340 mallard, 20 yellow wagtails, water rails, and quite a few bearded tits showing around the edges of the lagoons.
Good views of willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, whitethroat, reed and sedge warbler can be had around the trails at the moment as they feed among the reeds and willows.
And a final word of wisdom - have a good look at the ducks, last Tuesday I took a photo of an Aythya type duck on Ousefleet lagoon that I wanted to have a check on some of its features, then forgot to check on my camera until Saturday evening - as I suspected it was a female scaup!
And sorry still no photo's!