For the first time ever I did a double loop of the walk which turned out to be of some benefit. I walked clockwise. There were quite a few Whitethroats in the bushes but little else, a juvenile Bearded Tit by the hut and heard Yellow Wagtail. The sun was a little awkward but there were a couple of Greenshank on the mudflats but I did get better views on the lake side. Eventually I saw a flock of 5 Yellow Wagtails, 2 of which landed and then another flock of 8 flying south. In the usual place on the fence line I saw 4 Whinchats which had increased to 6 on the second lap.
On the lake there was very little apart from a scattering of ducks but on the second loop a Curlew Sandpiper appeared with 4 Dunlin. One Common Sandpiper was against the reeds. Down by the stream were 2 Clouded Yellows.
The only birds that the second loop did produce differently was a female type Redstart where the path from the huts met the sea wall and a brief Wheatear
Thursday, 15 August 2013
One Swift was in amongst the many hirundines.