Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sunday Scrapes...

Blackwits dropping in
This evening there was a good selection on the scrapes...

1 little stint
1 green sand
1 greenshank
1 ruff
18 blackwits
71 dunlin
24 snipe
31 redshank
7 lapwings
51 oycs
5 yellow wags

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Little Stint

Well it's not quite a white-rumped sandpiper but it's a start !

Little Stint
On the scrapes this evening....

1 little stint (adult)
7 knot
23 golden plover
22 blackwits
1 ruff (juv)
69 dunlin
20 snipe
18 redshank
34 oycs
8 yellow wags

Friday, 25 July 2014

Pushing the Ton !

After a day of waiting for the thick fret to burn off I eventually gave in and went to the misty scrapes this evening. Most of the time I was sat in the murk looking at greyness, but it did clear a little on a couple of occasions, just long enough for me to do a few scans and a couple of counts....

The headline today is was what I think may be a record count of dunlin on the scrapes - 98 birds !

98 dunlin !!
1 ruff (a new male)
1 LRP (juv)
1 greenshank
2 knot (sum plum)
23 blackwits
21 snipe
8 lapwing
5 oycs
10 yellow wags

After a few days hot weather the scrapes are now looking superb with a nice ribbon of mud all around and large area of shallow water now available for smaller waders as well as deeper bits for godwits and the like. Fingers firmly crossed for that curlew sand or little stint soon !

Thursday, 24 July 2014


A visit to the scrapes this evening was severely hampered by thick fret rolling in off the sea, for most of the time I was unable to see the far side of the scrapes through the murk.

81 dunlin !
1 ruff (male)
1 greenshank
2 knot (summer plumage)
25 blackwits
13 redshank
19 snipe
11 lapwing

A couple of arctic skuas were also logged today flying north past our house. There's been a few arctic skuas and bonxies offshore here recently so it's not a great surprise.


I've had a busy couple of days but I managed a Tuesday and Wednesday visit to the scrapes. I didn't have time for a full count on  these visits but fresh in was a new LRP, a juvenile bird (the last one was an adult).

Still 2 nice summer plumaged knot kicking about on Tuesday, but other than those just the usual stuff and the dunlin flock seems to have reduced to around 30 birds.

There seems to be the odd curlew sand and little stint getting reported in the country now, hopefully it will just be a matter of time before the scrapes scores ?

Monday, 21 July 2014

Monday Evening Scrapes....

A bit quieter this evening....

12 blackwits
2 whimbrel
2 knot
38 dunlin
21 snipe
8 lapwings
1 oyc
7 yellow wags

Lunchtime Check !!

A little bit of variation can't be a bad thing..... I've been doing a lot of morning and evening checks of the scrapes recently, so today I decided to pop out and check the scrapes at lunchtime for change....

It was a flying visit on my way to the shops so no counts done, but the following were present....

2 knot
10+ blackwits
35+ dunlin
all the other usual waders
5 yellow wags

Interestingly the wood sands seem to have gone. Last night I watched the adult preening, wing stretching a lot and calling all of the time. This behaviour made me wonder if it was preparing to depart.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday Evening Scrapes....

Another check of the scrapes......

2 wood sands
1 green sand
1 common sand
23 blackwits
41 dunlin
24 snipe
17 redshank
7 lapwing
10 oycs
3 yellow wags

Sunday Morning Visit

A quick mid morning visit was made to the scrapes today. I didn't have time to count birds today but a rough idea of what was present can be seen below......

2 wood sands
1 green sand
12+ blackwits
30+ dunlin
all the other usual waders
5 yellow wags

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A Quick Visit....

This evening I made a quick visit to the scrapes. After a day of heavy rain I was hoping something may have dropped in.....

Nowt new to report from this morning, still 2 wood sands and greenshank present tho....

I decided to have a go at phone-scoping  (iphone 5s). I've heard people say it is dead good but it I find that it is not easy to do and the quality of my pics are shite ! However, I am currently using a little old kowa scope (I accidentally threw my leica at the tarmac and it fell apart) maybe that has some bearing on picture quality ?

I may try it again when the leica eventually re-appears from Germany, but for now I don't think I'm going to bother too much with this. It maybe ok for 'record shots' I suppose.

A couple of phone-scoped pics.....
Juv wood sand
Adult wood sand