Monday, 3 August 2009

Whimbrels a plenty - 1.8.09

The lone Greenshank and 1 of the 13 Whimbrels.

Went down to visit the future mother-in-law at the weekend with mixed fortunes. (the birds not the mother-in-law!)

At Otterham Quay a single Little Egret and 6+ Black-Tailed Godwits.

While at Riverside CP there was a good number of waders on show on the low tide viewed from Horrid Hill. Highlights were 13 Whimbrels (year tick), 5 glorious summer plumaged Turnstones, 36 Avocet, 14 summer plumage Grey Plovers, 1 Greenshank, 24 Little Egrets and hundreds more Black-Tailed Godwits. The only passerine of note was a juvenile Lesser Whitethroat.

Then just as we were leaving to go for dinner 15 more Whimbrel flew over Otterham Quay calling loudly.

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