Sunday, 31 July 2011


ARC -1100hrs - warm, dry, sunny, s2 - Had a quick look from Hanson for yesterdays Pec without success. Still around 40 Goldies amongst several hundred Lapwings, plus a few Dunlin, Common Sands, Barwit and 3 Little Gulls. The 2 LRP chicks have survived and are now almost one week old. Several Willow Warblers in the bushes on the walk to Screen hide.
Midrips - 1200hrs With the ranges shut and high tide and light winds on the cards I walked the concrete path overlooking the lagoons full of optimism... Oh dear, I never learn, this place always looks as though there should be shed loads of waders on the saline pools, but often, as today, it flatters to deceive. Anyhow, it was a pleasant enough stroll and sit, with a cooling breeze off the sea, and Barney managed to avoid getting blown up as he chased rabbits. The only waders I could conjure up were 25 Avocets plus a handful of Common Sands, Redshanks and Ringed Plovers. Also, 12 Shelducks, 50 Sandwich Terns, 10 Wheatears, Linnet, Mipit and Skylark.
                                               The Midrips
Sea-blite, Midrips - More commonly known as suaeda which grows into a low tough, woody bush and quite scarce along this part of the coastline. Anyone who has bush-bashed their way up to Blakeney Point in Norfolk will be more than familiar with its ability to attract tired migrants.

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