Coombe Hill this morning

Water levels not declining following recent rain (north scrape 0.68, south scrape 0.72); no outflow from the Parish Drain to the Chelt.

At Coombe Hill this morning, clear indications of more migrants passing through, despite the rather windy conditions.

Still a few ducks: 30 Teal, 2 Wigeon, a female Mallard on the canal with eleven newly-hatched ducklings (first of the year), 2 Shoveler , 10 Tufted Ducks; plus 2 Little Egrets.

Among potentially breeding waders: 2 Oystercatchers, 20 Lapwings, 2 Redshank, 4 Curlews.

Among passage waders, the large numbers of Black-tailed Godwits still present yesterday (95 seen in the morning) appeared to have moved on; just five left on Cobney Meadows; the colour-ringed bird seen on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 was definitely ringed in Iceland; full life history not yet received.  Two Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe.

Among passerine migrants: 3 singing Chiffchaffs, 2 singing Willow Warblers, 2 singing Sedge Warblers, 3 Wheatears, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtails, 30 Swallows, 1 House Martin, 40 Sand Martins.  No sign of singing Redstarts yet at the west end of the canal.

It’s clearly worth regular visits to Coombe Hill and other wetlands in the Severn Hams at present.

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