There seems to be a bit of a change in the weather with the first hints of autumn. The birds seem to be sensing it too as after a prolonged period with the same birds on the floods suddenly there has been some movement. The three long-staying (3 weeks!) GREENSHANK have finally moved on leaving just one bird left. Still hanging on though there are the 7 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, the 2 RUFF and 6 COMMON SANDPIPER. There was quite a movement in RINGED PLOVERS yesterday with a count of 7 birds mid-afternoon (per Dave Lowe) becoming 16 by the time I visited with one LITTLE RINGED PLOVER thrown in for good measure as well as three DUNLIN. Other birds reported by Dave were 1 WHEATEAR and 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL. To add to the autumnal theme there were 7 golden plover back on the floods as well.
Little Ringed Plover (c) Roger Wyatt