Saturday 28 April 2018

Bar-wits and Oik 'K7'

Ten Bar-tailed Godwits off Mudbank today, with four close-in enough for some photos. The 'show-stealer' -  a full summer-plumaged bird that will really take some beating for looks. Note the colour-ringed Oystercatcher in the photo below - 'K7' - presumably one of the recently-ringed Warren birds. The only other birds of note off there - 8 Brent Geese that were very distant but presumably pale-bellied birds, and c50/60+ Whimbrel.
Football and family time with my brother and nieces were the priority today but I managed a dawn visit to Orcombe and a quick whip-round late this afternoon. Orcombe today provided 5+ Greenland Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 4+ Swallow and a House Martin.
Great to see Mark Bailey on the way home this morning. From the seafront, where Mark had parked illegally, we logged two or three Little Terns, 3 Great Northern Divers, 4 Whimbrel, 6+ Swallow and a Wheatear.
Yesterday - 5 Little Tern, 1 Common Tern, c20+ Common Scoter, 22 Manx Shearwater, 1 diver sp (prob Red-throat) and a Great Northern Diver off the seafront, and c150+ Pale-bellied Brent Goose and 27+ Sandwich Tern off Mudbank.

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