Today I set off to check Passage House and saw that there was a group of people at the Lesser-throat “watch point.” The bird wasn’t showing, so after a while looking for it I left for the estuary. Still singles of Common Sandpiper and Redshank, a pair of Oystercatcher, and the Curlew flock is up to 33 now.
Highlight of the day was a Little Ringed Plover running around of the “spit” at Passage. Seems a little early for them to have returned. I haven’t seen any reports of LRP elsewhere in Devon since the spring passage. I decided to go around to the other side to try to get a photo but when I got there I couldn’t find it!
Sadly most of the long grass on the racecourse has been cut, which I expect may have destroyed the nests of any ground nesting birds nesting at the time. The Skylarks were still singing – don’t know if that’s a good or bad sign? There were lots of hirundines feeding over the racecourse though, with 25+ Sand Martins, 20+ House Matins and 20+ Swallows, and also 15+ Swift.