In East Kent, the WHITE-TAILED PLOVER remains for a third day at Dungeness
RSPB ARC Pit, showing very well on occasions when it visits the mud to the
SE of the screen hide at the north end of the pit to feed on the rare and
endangered Medicinal Leeches that the site partly acquired SSSI status of.
Once fed or disturbed by Oystercatchers, it takes to flying out to the well
vegetated islands and can remain out of view for long periods. The reserve
is easily accessible from the main coast road south out of Lydd.
Nearby, the pair of PURPLE HERONS seem to have abandoned the nest and no
longer appear to be feeding young, whilst a long-staying GREAT WHITE EGRET
remains as elusive as ever in the extensive reedbed at Denge Marsh.
In Somerset, the pair of LITTLE BITTERNS continue to visit their reedbed
vegetation nest and can be encountered flying in and out low over the
Phragmites at Shapwick Heath NNR Loxton Marsh site, whilst CATTLE EGRETS remain
nearby and EURASIAN BITTERNS have bred in record numbers. A first-summer
colour-ringed GREAT WHITE EGRET (from France) is still present on the Noah's
Lake, visible from the hide on the east shore.
On the wader front, WOOD SANDPIPERS are now returning southwards, as well
as ICELANDIC BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, GREEN SANDPIPERS and COMMON SANDPIPERS,
with the summer-plumaged adult BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER still gracing the
Freshwater Lagoon at Titchwell Marsh RSPB (North Norfolk). A party of 8
EURASIAN SPOONBILLS remains at Cley Marsh NWT (Norfolk).
In IRELAND, the TEREK SANDPIPER is still present at Blennerville (County
Kerry), just west of the bridge, with the second-summer LAUGHING GULL still
in County Antrim. A single EURASIAN SPOONBILL is at Tacumshin Lagoons (Co.
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