Autumn is here, at least in the ornithological calender, as return wader passage has begun. The mud on the Budge fields is looking really good, although frustratingly obscured by tall vegetation, it is attracting birds.
Over the least three days there has been up to three wood sandpipers, three little ringed plovers, 35 black-tailed godwits, 33 snipe, three ringed plovers, 15 dunlin, eight redshank and two common sandpipers. It will certainly be worth checking over the next few weeks.
Two spoonbills and a little egret continue to hang around on the Budge fields.
|Hare on the Budge fields|
|Stonechats - having a good year!|
|Barn owl hunting at 1.30pm|
Offshore, the scoter flock remains at about 700. A pair of velvet scoter was with them on Thursday, but they are frustratingly far-out at the moment to pick anything else out.
Lots of butterflies are on the wing now including small skipper, ringlet, dark green fritillary, meadow browns and small tortoiseshells.
|Dark green fritillary|
Burnet moths are also abundant in the dunes with about five to each thistle head.
|narrow-bordered five-spot burnet moths|
138 little ringed plover
139 common sandpiper
PWC score 182