The lone Dunlin of optimism

Snatching at an hour inbetween 101 million pieces of crud, I nipped into Sandgrounders Hide this morning.
A single Dunlin, albeit a very hungry one, was feeding right under the windows until the seasonal infestation of Greylags and Canadas came crashing in, dragging a summering Pink Foot with them, but flushing the wader.

There were another six Dunlin in the channel up towards Polly’s.
A few small parties of Mipits might just have been early passage – or local breeders dispersing, and a few Blackwits were about.
Stuff starting to stir, but the east Atlantic birding conveyor is a long way from flipping the “on switch” yet…

8 thoughts on “The lone Dunlin of optimism

  1. With the summer holidays fast approaching, the RSPB and discount supermarket ALDI, are challenging families to get outside and go on a wild adventure this summer by taking part in the Wild Challenge.
    As the amount of time children and families are spending outside in nature continues to decline, the RSPB launched the Wild Challenge online awards scheme to encourage families to get closer to the natural world. By completing fun wildlife related activities, children are able to learn about nature and earn awards.
    Every family who achieves a bronze, silver or gold award during Wild Challenge Week (30 July to 5 August) will receive a Wild Challenge kit to help them continue on their own outside adventure. The kit includes a selection of wildlife goodies, including a minibeast viewer and a bee attractor pack.
    To kick start the Wild Challenge, and for those who really want a wild time, a whole host of activities are on offer this summer at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands near Neston. From free nature-themed quiz trails to self-led den building and hiring an explorer backpack to help discover mini beasts and birds, there is an exciting variety to get involved in through the holidays.
    There are 30 Wild Challenge activities to choose from that will take you from your own back garden to exploring towns, cities, woodlands and even the coast as well as your local RSPB reserve. There is something to do at all times of the year, no matter what the weather. Each activity comes with helpful ideas and resources to help families on their wild adventure. Families can log their achievements on to the RSPB Wild Challenge website and collect bronze, silver and gold awards.
    To start your own Wild Challenge adventure go to:


  2. Another great day out walking the dunes behind Sands Lake on Thursday. Lots of butterflies about, including Grayling and at least half a dozen beautiful Wall butterflies, which are all too rare these days. The kestrel didn’t have the dunes to itself, a short eared owl appeared a couple of times, much to our surprise.

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