31 July 2009


A pretty low high-tide this afternoon meant most of the waders were to be found on the foreshore. Three Whimbrel, 4 Turnstone, 1 Common and 1 Green Sand were the 'highlights', however, Ringed Plover numbers were also up and the 120 strong flock of Black-tailed Godwits included the Icelandic ringed bird from last week (but none of the Barwits reported earlier in the day). Three Yellow Wags, a single Rock Pipit and a partially dismembered sheep carcass also made it into the notebook; the latter was partaking of a game of tug o' war with a playful Herring Gull and, despite the lack of a suitable rope, was putting up a selfless show of sportsmanship by making do with its own duodenum. I think we can all learn from that,... it's not the winning that counts, it's the taking part.

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