Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Winter Term - Wednesday 2 - Sewerby Beach/Gardens

Treecreeper (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Ringed Plover, Redshank & Oystercatchers (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Oystercatchers & Ringed Plover (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Purple Sandpipers (c) 2008 Michael Flowers
Rock Pipit (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Stock Dove (c) 2008 Michael Flowers
Woodpigeon [for comparison purposes] (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Song Thrush (c) 2009 Aileen Urquhart
Velvet Shank? (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Another good day with a nice mixture of species. On the beach there were Purple Sandpipers, Ringed Plovers, Sanderlings, Dunlin, Redshank, Oystercatchers and a brief glimpse of a Peregrine. Among the insects in the seaweed we identified Grey and Pied Wagtails, plus a Rock Pipit. In the grounds there was a woodpecker drumming, Redwings, Song Thrush; whilst a Mistle Thrush sang beautifully. Also present 4 species of tit, 3 species of finch, plus an elusive male bullfinch. The highlight among the passerines was a very confiding pair of Treecreepers, but the Stock Doves seemed much less confiding this year!

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