Monday, 11 September 2017

September So Far

Dunlin, Black Hole Marsh (Copyright T D Wright)
It's been a disappointing Autumn really. August was way below par locally and, although September has shown some improvement, we could do with a mass arrival or rarity to spice things up in Seaton. Bits and pieces have been turning up; at last a Spotted Redshank (well done, Phil ) on Sunday which I caught up with from Tower Hide at 17:45 (ish). My first here since 2014 so very welcome. Last Thursday evening I missed the Osprey but reports of Little Stint flying North from Tower had me divert to Coly Common hide which was worth doing as it was present on the scrape along with several other wader species. On Saturday I tried Tower hide late on as the tide started to move and had a Bar-tailed Godwit fly North with a group of Oystercatcher plus a drake Gadwall on the estuary. Yellow Wags were still around on BHM on Saturday as were a couple each of Greenshank and Green Sandpiper. On Sunday I tried Seaton Marshes hide and several Common Sandpiper showed amongst the Blackwits, Redshanks & Curlews. I think that's about it for now but I'm optimistic that we'll still get a few more migrants and maybe a rarity; especially with all these Hurricanes about...                                                                            
Osprey (Library Picture), Axe Estuary (Copyright T D Wright)
Apparently, we've also had a couple of these fish-grabbers(above). Missed them both!
Spotted Redshank (Library Picture) Copyright T D Wright
Thought you might enjoy these previously unblogged shots of Spotshank as last night's bird was too distant...
Spotted Redshank, Library Picture (Copyright T D Wright)
Spotted Redshank, Library Picture (Copyright T D Wright)
Spotted Redshank, Library Picture (Copyright T D Wright)
Our current one doesn't look like this! Still a cracking bird though...

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