Friday, 9 August 2013

An Estuarine Odyssey

On Tuesday I took my nephew to RSPB Blacktoft Sands to try & make the most of the early returning waders in remnants of breeding plumage.  Unfortunately, the web had given us the wrong time for high tide, so I should have consulted my booklet instead.  Although we missed the high tide, we saw a couple of distant waders at Marshland hide.  We also heard Bearded Tits and saw the movements of young Sedge Warblers and Reed Warblers.  We'd been there for quite some time when very luckily two Wood Sandpipers alighted directly under the hide, and we were able to observe all the details of their delicate plumage.  Once they'd moved out of sight, this seemed the perfect time to leave, as we wouldn't strike that lucky in that hide for probably hours to come!

Wood Sandpiper
 Wood Sandpipers
 Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Sedge Warbler between Visitor centre & Xerox
 Snipe from Townend
 Green Sandpiper at Singleton
 Little Egrets & Herons at Singleton
 Spotted Redshanks & Ruff
 Record Shot of Distant Ruff
 Berries at Saltmarshe
 Comma & Wasp at Saltmarshe
 Comma at Saltmarshe
 Great Crested Grebes at Eastrington
 Great Crested Grebes at Eastrington
 Great Crested Grebes at Eastrington
 Car Swarming with Wasps at North Cave


Steve Hallam said...

What do you think the berries were - Guelder Rose or Redcurrant?

Michael Flowers said...

I don't think they are Guelder Rose, but I'm not aware of what red currant berries are like