Saturday, July 21, 2007

Uh-Oh! here comes autumn...!

With a break in the rain I took a ride down to Salthouse this morning, where, continuing along the theme of 's**ttiest summer ever' it was grey, drab and bleedin' freezing! Anyway birding was fairly quiet, though my first Wheatear of the 'autumn' was seen to fly in off the beach. Waders were noted to be obviously coming in off the sea with several flocks including Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover, Sanderling and Curlew. On the marshes further waders noted included Greenshank, Turnstone, Dunlin a crippled Golden Plover and of course the ever present Avocets. Off shore a couple of Arctic Skua's were harrassing the terns. A single Little Egret flew west, whilst I watched the boldest Common Shrew ever as he came bouncing along the path towards me before disappearing into the grass, ahh he must be camera shy!


Ringed Plover

Golden Plover

Arctic Skua

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