03 May 2010

Early curly sand

A leisurely bit of high-tiding at Goldcliff Pools was the order of the day. The Dunlin flock numbered about 600 and included a very dull, almost entirely winter-plumaged, Curlew Sandpiper (see pic). A Whinchat, two Spotted Redshank, a Knot and 75 Black-tailed Godwit were the best of the rest. The two Ringed Plover chicks seen yesterday have disappeared, it would seem one of the pairs of local Carrion Crow is to blame; I'm guessing the ickle plovers won't be reappearing as anything more exciting than a white splodge in the bottom of a corvid nest.

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