Saturday, 16 July 2011

Seaton Area

Wood Sandpiper on Black Hole Marsh this afternoon. Divided between the estuary and marshes were at least 14 Common Sandpipers, 2 Dunlin and 8 Black-tailed Godwits.

I assume everyone who might be interested knows this already, but in the ditch on the right hand side of the track leading to the BHM Tower Hide you are virtually guaranteed to see one or more of these...

Water Vole, courtesy the recent releases in the Axe Valley - so, vaguely plasticky at the moment, but much cuter than a wing-tagged Great Bustard!

Down at the Tesco building site was a nice gathering of gulls, viewable from behind the 'Riverside Workshops'. Included among their number were these:

 A smart juv Yellow-legged Gull

I'm 90% certain this is also a Yellow-legged Gull, probably a 2nd-summer moulting into 3rd-winter, but I wouldn't stake my considerable fortune on it.

The White One (at the back) - now sporting a somewhat more mature-looking bill