Tuesday 7 May 2024

Common Sandpipers

 Kerton Road quarry - Warm, cloudy, E2 - A humid, murky start to the morning that had the `feel` of a `rare bird day`; indeed, a trapped Melodious Warbler at the Obs, a flyover Serin and a Spotted Flycatcher at Long Pits gave some encouragement to birder`s at the point. As it was high tide I checked the quarry that attracted around 200 roosting Oystercatchers along with the usual breeding Lapwings and Redshanks, plus three grounded Whimbrels, a Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper. Another Common Sandpiper was noted at Lade where a Cuckoo called and where all the usual warblers were present. Well done to RSPB staff for installing a new tern raft on south lake although, unfortunately, but unsurprisingly a pair of Herring Gulls appear to have already taken up station; hopefully, they were only having a recce... 

                                   Tern raft, Lade south

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