Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Disappearing marsh tern

A disappointing twitch of the White-winged Black Tern at Saltholme this morning. Arriving at 06.40 The traffic was already at a standstill due to the protesting non-workers so I was forced to park at the reserve enterance. A quick check with the bins and I could see a marsh tern flying around Saltholme West. All was well, so I headed to along the road to get a closer view. A view from the layby and the tern had gone. Bugger! 3 Little Stint were scant consolation.

I hung around hoping the tern would reappear and saw a few birds from the Phil Stead hide. 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Garganey and Greenshank was the haul.

The Long Drag, once a prime site, was very quiet with just 2 Avocet and a Greenshank. A fly-over Merlin and a Whinchat improved it a bit.

A walk out to the Snook gave a Curlew Sandpiper amongst the roosting Dunlin and Ringed Plover. A Little Tern was fishing in the estuary.

The Snook
Sea Rocket

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