Monday, 3 August 2009

No show Spoonbills - 2.8.09

Golden Plovers, Greenshanks, Whimbrels and Curlew Sandpipers.

An early afternoon visit to Oare Marshes in the hope of adding 3 more year ticks didn't quite produce the goods.

3 Spoonbills that had been on the West flood had flown off 5 minutes before we arrived and were never seen again and the reported Wood Sandpiper had also done a bunk. Thats 3 times i've dipped a Woody this year! The only species to show itself of the 3 hoped for were the 5 moulting adult Curlew Sandpipers on the East Flood. 6 Little Egrets, 2 juv Shelducks, 3 Sandwich Terns, 2 Greenshank, c.200 Black-Tailed Godwits, 4 juv Yellow Wagtails and another 15 Whimbrel were also seen.

Then to add insult to injury around 2 hours after we left a Great White Egret flew in for a few minutes before flying off!

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