Guided Bird Watching Review – Saturday 11th March

Saturday March 11th
My final trip of the winter was notable for the number of Turnstone, at least 200.
At Starcross the Pontoon was covered in this species with others in flight and on our return
a buoy hosted twenty plus with one Dunlin.
Probably a passage of these birds joining the regulars.
Two Slavonians were back to their distant location where a Goldeneye was also seen.
Pintail were in small numbers but close to both sides of the boat.
Brent Geese were in large numbers throughout with hundreds at Turf and numerous fly pasts.
Bar-tailed Godwits outnumbered Avocet and Black-tailed Godwits but Dunlin were numerous
especially in flocks flying low over the mud when a female Sparrowhawk flew over.
A flock of Knot and Grey Plover was a pleasing sight and often not mentioned, but nevertheless
still impressive, were the handsome Oystercatchers always present.
Two Seals today and a Guillemot near the docks provided that little extra.
Ian Waite


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