Thursday, 12 November 2009

A Bit Crowded!

Just some of the 8000+ Golden Plovers
Brent Goose - unusual at this location
The Golden Plovers gave a great display for both sessions. The reason for the swirling, dancing, pulsating masses of birds during the morning was a female Sparrowhawk. She flew low over the mudflats on 2 occasions, and seemed completely uninterested in the plovers. There was no discernible reason in the afternoon for similar balletic displays. The solitary Brent Goose was an unusal sighting at this location. At least 3 Little Egrets were present, as well as plenty of Redshank, Curlew, Teal, Dunlin, and around 20 Black-tailed Godwit. Skylarks were in evidence, as were a pair of Stonechat, some Meadow Pipits, and a Reed Bunting. A pair of Mute Swans with one elderly youngster were on the car park pond, as was a single Little Grebe, but there were 2 more on the strays - not far from the single Wigeon. The morning group just missed a Barn Owl. It was good to get back to the car park before the foul weather arrived!

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