Friday, 22 May 2020

Grey Plover

Lade - warm, dry and sunny, sw 5-6 - A sultry night delivered another decent haul of moths in the garden trap with both Buff-tip and Foxglove Pug new for the year. There was a much cooler feel to the weather for our morning circuit of the local patch as a fresh wind off the Atlantic picked up throughout the day.
  Predictably, a large mixed flock of House Martins, Swallows and a few Swifts came and went over south lake, otherwise it was slim pickings due to the buffeting wind with many passerines seeking shelter.
  This afternoon, on a falling tide, we checked the shorebirds on the bay. Apart from the usual non-breeding Curlews and Oystercatchers few others were noted apart from five Ringed Plovers, 10 Sanderlings, 10 Barwits and two splendid Grey Plovers in full breeding plumage.

                                Grey Plover on the bay

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