Friday, 12 August 2016

Edderthorpe, Monday 8th to Friday 12th August

These are sightings from Edderthorpe Flash and Houghton Washlands RSPBs during the last five days;-

Both wetlands are looking good at the moment with lots of exposed mud on Houghton and some good edges on Edderthorpe.
There are close to 2000 water related birds using the waters at present with these being maximum counts;  Canada 414 and Greylag Goose 130 are present early morning along with Mallard 550, Gadwall 170, Shelduck 1, Teal 61, Shoveler 44, Wigeon 1, Garganey 2 (on Edderthorpe), Pochard 2.
Lapwing peaked at 460, Common Snipe at 51 (mostly on Houghton), Dunlin are present daily with a peak of 5, Green Sandpipers are usually on Houghton and peaked at 7, Common Sandpiper 2, a couple of juvenile Little Ringed Plovers and a couple of Ringed Plovers are present, a single Greenshank all week, 4 Redshank on Tuesday, a single Black-tailed Godwit all week and 2 Ruff (adult and juvenile arrived on Friday). There are also excellent numbers of Moorhen - 50 are on Houghton alone.
An adult and juvenile Common Tern (presumably from Old Moor) are usually present and a couple of Sedge Warblers are still in Houghton reeds.

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