Thursday 25 December 2014

Littlestone shorebirds

Lade - 0900hrs - mild, sunny, nw 2 - A cracking winters day with bright sunshine from the off, and as a result people out walking in droves. Just the same old stuff on the lakes, plus some good views of Chiffchaffs snapping up flying insects in the sun-trap by the ponds.

                               Grey Plovers and Sanderlings, Littlestone

Littlestone - 1100hrs - Mrs PT joined us for a pre-curry walk along the foreshore to St Mary`s Bay and back across the golf links. With the tide on the way in several hundred shorebirds were up on the shingle roosting (or trying to), mostly Sanderlings and Dunlins, plus 10 Ringed Plovers, 25 Grey Plovers, 12 Knots and 15 Turnstones. Every so often they were flushed by dog-walkers and flew out across the bay, glinting in tight formation before settling down once again. There was little to be seen on the golf links apart from a few Linnets and Mipits.

                                Santa`s all at sea...

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