Friday 19 August
Well after weeks of dry and generally hot weather, the rain finally arrived today - and kept on virtually until early evening. WILSTONE RESERVOIR proved very quiet, with just 3 adult Common Terns of interest and 3 Green Sandpipers feeding on the mud on the hide side of the reservoir. I could only locate one of yesterday's 3 Common Sandpipers and otherwise, it was just wildfowl numbers that had risen, with 44 Mute Swans, 105 Mallard, 70 Common Teal, 8 Shoveler, 440 Coot, 30 Lapwing and 7 Little Egrets.
Neighbouring COLLEGE LAKE BBOWT yielded a single new wader in the form of a juvenile LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, while the mud visible from Octagon Hide produced juvenile RUFF (now present for its 10th day), the juvenile Common Redshank, Common Sandpiper and 13 Common Teal. Otherwise, pretty quiet; female Tufted Duck with just 6 surviving ducklings now, just 14 Lapwing, single Common Chiffchaff and Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Bullfinch and a charm of 41 Goldfinch.