Tuesday 20 March 2012

Birdwatching Break

ARC - 1330hrs - cool, sunny,  ne2 - Four birdwatchers in from St Albans for a 3 day bird tour. We kicked off at ARC with superb views from the causeway road of a Curlew, 5 Dunlins, Shelducks, Goldeneyes, Shovelers and all the usual common wildfowl. From Hanson and Tower Pits Dabchick, 6 Goldeneye, Teal, Pintail, 3 Snipe, Ringed Plover and a couple of Marsh Harriers. Plenty of Tree Sparrows from the car park, singing Chiffchaff, Cetti`s Warbler and Reed Buntings.
Boulderwall - 1500hrs Over the road 7 Snow Geese amonsgt the feral Grey Lags, plus 100 Wigeon.
Burrowes - 1600hrs - Cracking views of the Long-tailed Duck and 5 Avocets from Dennis`s hide.
Littlestone - 1700hrs Finished the day in some style with good views of the Short-eared Owl hunting over the golf course. On the beach, Knots, Dunlins, Sanderlings, Grey Plovers, Curlews and Oystercatchers.

                                          Shovelers, ARC

                                           Avocets, Burrowes

                                           Long-tailed Duck, Burrowes

                                           Sunset, Lade

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