Sunday, 14 August 2011

Kingsbridge Estuary

Geese Quarries - Charleton Marsh, 13:00-16:45, rising tide.
Nice bit of sunshine but the bright conditions and a strong wind made viewing difficult. 3 Little Grebes in Frogmore Creek were a bit early, bit of a mystery where the wintering birds on the local estuaries come from, perhaps these from not far away. Also in Frogmore Creek about a hundred Herring Gulls plus one that was looking a good candidate for a juv Yellow-legged. At this point the Lord said 'Perry, stop trying to make out like you're a Larophile', and sent a female Marsh Harrier overhead scattering them all ways. At least 6 Med Gulls ( 5 adults and a third calender year bird ) were around. Out on the mudflats in Charleton Bay were 150 Curlew, at least 3 Whimbrel, 10 Dunlin, 65 Ringed Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit. Also 6 Sandwich Terns and a Peregrine here. The marsh itself was quiet except for 2 Green Sandpipers.