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Dunlin new high count 4th Aug

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 7:05 AM

A scan of the saltwater pool quickly revealed a lot of waders, in fact, huge numbers, the whole area of exposed mud was covered in feeding or roosting waders, mostly Dunlin, and it became obvious that they had jumped from 1200 from the day before to what is probably a record count of 2300.

A "Nemo" shaped ballon drifted across the reserve

Just one Curlew Sandpiper was noted amongst them, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone, 320 Bar-tailed Godwits, 63 Black-tailed Godwits, 40 Curlew, 2 Common Sands, 1100 Knot and an ads Sanderling.

Ad Little Grebe Seaforth NR 4th Aug 2013

Two colour ringed/flagged Dunlin were noted at close range, but so far the colour ringing scheme that they belong to, hasn't been tracked down, mainly due to email addresses not being updated in which to contact them.

Eclipse male Shoveler Seaforth NR 4th Aug 2013

The Little Owl was sat on the screen to the right of hide A upon approach to the hide, while 65 Swifts flew up and down the long bank feeding with 15 House Martins and 1 Swallow.

Two Juv and an adw Med Gull were in the meagre amount of gulls  roosting,  which seems to be a new regular feature for Sundays, also a really fresh juv Common Gull.

Juv Med Gull Seaforth NR 4th Aug 2013

Juv Med Gull Seaforth NR 4th Aug 2013

Categories: Seaforth Birding

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