Just my two checks of the south shore so far (MD)
Common Sandpiper 2 together briefly on the foreshore before leaving south
Mediterranean gull 5 adult 1 juvenile on beach next to wooden jetty,
Robin 1 near the lighthouse
Wheatears none on the out leg, first one seen flying in across the harbour near the waterfall then another 2 had come in near the lighthouse and 6 on the foreshore - so minimum 6 individuals, probably 9
Rock Pipit, again none seen on way out, but 4 arguing on foreshore on return. Suspect 2 were passing through.
|Rock Pipits in "dispute"|
High water 17:15
Wheatear 4 on foreshore
Rock Pipits at least 5, that was the highest single count, but they were all along the foreshore.
I really just went down to see what was on the saltmarsh and foreshore, I had expected it to be busy, but unbelievably for a Bank Holiday Monday there was no one walking on the beach out from the saltmarsh, and better, the water line was full of waders.
It was good to see flocks of waders again, even if you couldn't tell what they were! This first clip is just a flavour of the evening with a flock of small waders coming in to land on the waterline.
I walked out on the beach, but didn't want to get too close and spook them, so images not great. But this isn't a bad clip. It includes: Curlew, Bar-Tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Knot and Dunlin.
Estimate of numbers, these are woefully undercounted as I couldn't separate the species of the more distant birds.
Mediterranean gull 6 with roosting BHGs
Bar-Tailed Godwit 40
Grey Plover 150 minimum
Knot 650 minimum
Many of the above 4 species in summer plumage
This clip is part of one on the groups of waders, this is the one where most of the Grey Plover were. Also Knot and Dunlin.
I managed not to spook them, but as the tide ebbed, more and more groups flew along the shore to feed. This flock contains Bar-Tailed Godwit, Grey Plover Knot and Dunlin, it ends as we started with silhouettes of waders against the evening light, but at least this time we know what they are!