Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Windy Wheatears 'n' Waders

    On Saturday we had a good arrival of Common Sandpipers along the estuary. At least 9 were visible from Tower hide at 2pm but Mike Lock told me he'd counted 11 which I can well believe as I saw 2 on BHM. Strangely, as the tide came in they disappeared and none remained on BHM at 7pm! Where did they go? Anyway, I was still rewarded with yet another LRP as well as the 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin which had hopped across from the estuary. Also 9 Whimbrel graced the BHM islands.
     On Sunday, an arrival of passerines meant that even the estuary got in on the act with Wheatears at Coronation Corner and Colyford Common. Both seemed to be seeking shelter in streams and ditches with the cold North wind blasting away. Some more waders would be nice now with other Devon sites notching up Pec & Curlew sands ( S.Huish) and Black-winged Stilt (Exminster RSPB). Come on Black Hole!

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