Friday, 3 August 2012

More Waders

Another early morning foray to Holy Island in search of waders on the dropping tide, this time in company of ADMc. Water still bubbling and gushing through our toes as it ran from the causeway we enjoyed a cool, calm morning working through the waders and gulls off the causeway and then later Chare Ends. Once we got to Chare Ends we had the sun behind us warming our necks and perfect light though the heat haze developed remarkably quickly.
Pick of the bunch were two adult Curlew Sandpipers offering a hint of red amongst the black-bellied Dunlin. Pushing them close on looks were over 50 Grey Plovers many still in smart summer plumage. Several tens of Knot and a small number of Bar-tailed Godwits also retaining degrees of breeding plumage to add some colour.
Two Peregrines provided distant views.

Wader Central

Further south three Greenshanks were in Budle Bay (we doubled that with a further three at other sites) and the sharp eyes of the passenger picked out a Little Egret in the channel as we whizzed past. An adult Short-eared Owl flew inland and south at Warkworth Gut and with the tide low little else of note around Druridge Bay.

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