Friday, 23 May 2014

23rd May Tundra Ringed Plovers

With little happening on land and the rain-filled northerly blow making it feel like early March as opposed to the cusp of summer I trudged a short circuit of the moor without seeing a migrant. A short sea-watch (45mins) produced 13 Manx Shearwaters north and 3 Common Scoters north as well as a 1st-summer Red-throated Diver offshore.

I took the long way home and called at Lynemouth Flash, here a drake Shoveler and 3 Gadwall though best was a small party of eight Ringed Plovers several of the latter identifiable as tundrae race birds.

Slightly smaller, round-headed appearance and a shade darker mantle marked out some of the group, though one or two were possibly best left as just Ringo's.

 Ringed Plover, female, tundrae race
Ringed Plover, male, tundrae race
 Ringed Plover, female, tundrae race
Ringed Plover, male, possible tundrae race (female in background)

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