31 August 2012

Summer's end

A reasonable high tide roost at Goldcliff produced a Golden Plover which dropped onto the island on the first lagoon and hung around awhile before being booted by a semi-amphibious cow, 1-2 juv Little Stint, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 1 Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 103 Knot, 164 Black-tailed Godwit, 183 Ringed Plover (one of which was taken by a Sparrowhawk), 273 Dunlin, 19 Snipe and 65 Curlew. 

The best of the wildfowl were a redhead Goosander which flew in from the east and dropped in on the back lagoon, 3 Wigeon and the Chinese Goose.  Passerine migrants included 1 Grey Wagtail and 4 Tree Pipit over W, plus 1 Wheatear and 32 Yellow Wagtail dotting about on the deck.  

The only other notables were 1 Kingfisher and 22 Stock Dove.

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