01 October 2009

Water Rail going west

A reasonable number of waders on this evening's high-tide: 1 Little Stint, 3 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 175 Knot, 172 Black-tailed Godwit and the usual dose of Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Lapwing and Redshank. However, the 'highlight' was a flyover Raven carrying a dead Water Rail, it was briefly chased by a Buzzard (which may have carried out the initial capture) but soon shook it off and made off west. Less unusual flyovers included a few alba wags, Mipit and Skylark but, in general, pretty quiet on the migrant front.

[Edit: forgot to add this pic last night, the view from the 1st platform just before calling it a day, about half the calidrids (including the Little Stint) were just to the right.]

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