Sunday, 22 April 2012

Whimbrels

Went out to look for a few this morning. At just after high tide at the Skern, I found about 15, and what I thought was a Ruff, but when I tried to get closer, it moved off and then all the Whimbrels and the Ruff were disturbed by a dog walker, and flew across to near the entrance, but by the time I got there, the rain and wind kept me in the car. Also recorded 2 Dunlin (one in lovely summer plumage) and a dozen or so Ringed Plover. Maybe 10 White Wagtails. A walk along the cliffs past Westward Ho! showed a flock of 13 Whimbrels flying out towards Lundy! Nothing else - too cold. Stopped on the way home at Fremington Creek and saw 3 more Whimbrels. Bradiford reserve was, well, windswept!