June

A quieter period now (2nd) with the main wader passage gone through, but 2 immature Little Gulls were present.

A Common Curlew, Dunlin, 3 Avocet and 3 Ringed Plover were on the scrape today (13th).

A Little Ringed Plover was present (24th) but continuing a quiet period on the scrape.

A few waders today (27th) with 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Dunlin, 4 Avocet, Little Ringed Plover (juv) and an Oystercatcher. 

June (2) June

Green Sandpiper

Dunlin & juvenile Little Ringed Plover

July

Waders were beginning to pass through again (3rd) with a Summer-plumaged Spotted Redshank, being aesthetically pleasing, plus: Common Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 3 Ruff (moulting males), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 11 Avocet (including 2 juveniles) and a Black-tailed Godwit.

With a mass exodus, including the ever present geese on the scrape (4th), further investigation out the back of the hide revealed the presence of an Osprey hunting over the edge of the broad.  The bird then flew over the scrape and then headed N.E. over the broad pursued by a Grey Heron.  However, waders did return and by evening 19 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 7 Greenshank, Common Redshank and 6 Common Curlew had been seen.

July (6) July (4) July (5)

Osprey

Grey Heron seeing-off Osprey

A total of 51 Avocet were now on the scrape (9th), the highest count thus far.  Also present were: 3 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 2 Common Redshank, 3 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper and 13 Black-tailed Godwit.

Avocet numbers had dropped by the 14th, with 39 now present.  Wader numbers in general were down with just a Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Ruff on the scrape.

15 Ruff were seen (15th) along with 9 Dunlin and 4 Avocet and a single Greenshank (21st).

July (9) July (10) July (3) July (2) July (7) July (8)

A bit more variety (24th) with 6 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 7 Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin and an Oystercatcher.  However, the star bird was a Peregrine hunting over the scrape (similar to the occurrences last year) and spending its time down on the edge of the scrape.

A Fox put in an appearance during the evening (25th) and 9 Black-tailed Godwit were also present.

A juvenile Little Ringed Plover along with 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Common Redshank and 13 Dunlin were on the scrape (26th).

A total of 25 Ruff were moving between both Swim Coots and Rush Hills (31st) and 8 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper and a Common Redshank were also on Swim Coots.

July

Some of the 51 Avocet present 9th

Peregrine

Greenshank

Oystercatcher-bathing

Ruff

Swim Coots Diary 2 (June-July 2012)