Thursday, 13 August 2015
RSPB Conwy sightings board
As the water level drops, the lagoons are a magnet for waders, and you never know what will have arrived during the night. Visitors over recent days include knot, green sandpiper, little ringed plover, common sandpiper, up to 40 dunlins and several black-tailed godwits, including one wearing coloured leg-rings (from Iceland we guess, but we are waiting to hear).
August is a month in which anything can appear, though often briefly: a first-summer little gull was a great find among the black-headed gulls during the evening roost on Monday (10th), a scaup on Tuesday (11th), a whinchat and red kite were both seen on Sunday (9th); a spotted flycatcher was here on Saturday (8th), but that it's the first this year is a sad sign of their huge decline.
We've also had two new species on the reserve this week: check our blog to find out what.