Thursday 17th August 2017
121 Arctic Terns, ad Roseate Tern (seen twice), 57 Common Tern, juv Med Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gulls, 7 Yellow-legged Gulls, 19 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 3 Common Gull, Avocet, Greenshank, Redshank, 7 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Dunlin, Sanderling, 12 Ringed Plover, 42 Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Whimbrel, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, 800 Starling, 6 Little Egret, Willow Warbler Wheatear
The main group of Arctics (83) headed up river at c0840 with 18 then dropping in from up high at 1100, bathing and heading out of the river. Odd singles and small groups were seen thereafter. All were adults bar two stunning youngsters that circulated around for most of the day. The Roseate (there may have been two initially) headed into the Bay and I picked up the same bird heading back out about an hour later. All of my list were seen from inside the visitors centre.
And sorry, I go no pics of the terns but here is one of the Willow Warbler from Joanne Gates!
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