Friday, 8 July 2016

Returning Waders

Better luck with the terns at East Chevington beach this morning. Only a few terns, but there were two Little and a Roseate. With some heavy showers keeping the dog-walkers at home I was hoping to get some photos, but a couple of horse riders kindly ensured that the flock was constantly moved on.

Quiet on the north pool, but a female Marsh Harrier was quartering the reeds and plenty of Sedge and Reed Warbler were making themselves heard.

At Cresswell there was a Little Gull and a couple of Little Egret by the causeway. From the hide there were newly retuning waders with 11 Dunlin and a Knot. all in summer plumage.

Lesser Butterfly Orchid
I'd just got home when a call from George got me down to Shibdon , where 6 Black-tailed Godwit had dropped in. A Common Sandpiper was also flycatching around the islands in front of the hide. Hopefully the start of the autumn's waders.

5 of 6 Black-tailed Godwit
Common Sandpiper

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