Monday, 20 June 2011

Waders at Conwy

If yesterday's green sandpiper (no sign today, by the way) was the start of autumn, it's continued in the same vein. Redshank numbers up from 2 yesterday to 18 this afternoon, oystercatchers from around 20 to 200 and the first flock of two dozen curlews on the estuary. A ringed plover has been here for several days, two dunlins and a ruff were seen this afternoon, and a golden plover was reported by two Dutch visitors this afternoon. Meanwhile, we've still got young lapwing, oystercatcher and little ringed plovers on site, the latter hitting a total of eight: four adults, a 3-week old juvenile and three one-week old juvs, the latter from the Coffee Shop.

After weeks of dry weather, receding water levels and the death of our water pump (£2,700 for a new one if anyone wants to make a donation!), we have been able to pump water onto the shallow lagoon now that it's raining again, and we'll aim to keep shallow pools in front of the Tal-y-fan Hide over the rest of the summer - rainfall permitting!

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