27th July 2014 – Green Sand & Spotted Redshank are the ‘highlights’…

Nowt much to report really. All work and no play I’m afraid, lots and lots of 0445hr alarms has been the order of the day for the past 3 or 4 weeks.

Wader and gull numbers have been rising nicely on the Solway recently. The ‘highlight’ over the last week or so for me was a Green Sand – a patch tick for me at Port. Apart from that a Spotted Redshank has been the pick of the bunch – but it really does look like there should be a Great Knot or something equally mega out there. Other bits have been 3 Little Egrets, a single summer-plumaged Sanderling, Turnstone, a couple of smart Black-tailed Godwits, about 40 Golden Plovers, the first returning Knot and a dozen or so Whimbrel. Here’s a few ‘better-than-nothing’ digiscoped shots…

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and one of our babby Woodpeckers in the garden, unusually hopping around on the grass underneath the feeders…

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