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 !
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 !
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 ?
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....
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.
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.