Little Ringed Plover and Ruff

12th August 2011 –rain/drizzle/mist SSE1/2
Again the western shore provided nothing of interest while the eastern shore fared slightly better providing 3 Arctic Tern, 2 Common Tern and a Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
A handful of Wheatear, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Willow Warbler remained the best of the grounded birds.
Wildfowl and Waders
The single Ruff and Little Ringed Plover continue to linger and additional waders included 80 Dunlin, 30 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot, 3 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Whimbrel.
Breeding Birds
Usually still a hive activity at this time of the year, a deathly silence around the gull colony bears testament to this years total breeding failure.