Sunday 30 April 2017

Sunday 30th April

A moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper was in the Bight on the rising tide this morning with 240+ Dunlin before moving up river to Bowling Green Marsh. Other waders included a Greenshank, 34 Ringed Plover, 21 Grey Plover, 20+ Whimbrel, 15 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Turnstone, 10 Sanderling and two summer plumaged Knot. Many of these were feeding on the flooded 7th fairway rather than the mudflats.

Offshore the weather failed to produce the hoped for Pomarine Skua and scarcer terns but three Great and an Arctic Skua flew south with two Black-throated, 12 Great Northern and four Red-throated Diver, three Dark-bellied and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, a Red-breasted Merganser and a Manx Shearwater. Also offshore a first summer Mediterranean Gull, three Little Tern were also offshore with 20+ Sandwich and a Common Tern. Elsewhere a Yellow Wagtail pitched in by the hide and a dozen Swallow and a Sand Martin flew through.

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