Thursday, 29 September 2011

Golden Arrivals

We had 2 consecutive days on the bank of the Humber in glorious sunshine, and the bigger surprise - no unpleasant winds. Yesterday morning group saw 38 species - which doesn't include the dead Guillemot! The waders were better in the morning just after the tide went out. There were at least 28 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Knot, some Dunlin & Ringed Plover. There was a large flock of 1000+ Golden Plover with a Sprinkling of Grey Plovers, whilst the noisiest birds were the bubbling Curlews, and one Whimbrel. More Golden Plovers seemed to be arriving from higher ground during the late morning. More unusual were 2 immature Gannets heading east along the river in the afternoon. The only raptor was a Kestrel. The Wheatears & Yellow Wagtails from last week had moved on. This venue is a lot better for birds in late October, so we'll have to change back to that time next year, plus visit at a time of high tide for maximum impact!
Golden Plovers
Golden Plovers
Golden Plovers
Sea Aster

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