Freiston shore 03/08/2015
The tide was quite a goodun, the saltmarsh and reclaim area was entirely covered. Lots of waders were pushed up.
6 curlew sandpipers were on the lagoon.
A little stint was on the reservoir.
Whimbrels perched on posts, with others flying south, lots on the saltmarsh 50+ seen. 2 on the reservoir. Plenty of curlews, too.
A couple of thousand oystercatchers preened and rested on the lagoon.
Lots of dunlin, knot, turnstones and redshanks also on the lagoon.
4 little ringed plovers on the reservoir.
At least 40 grey plovers, a few on lagoon, most on saltmarsh, some in spanking breeding plumage.
A few barwits and blackwits.
8 green sandpipers on the shooter’s pool.
3 common sandpipers, greenshank.
Avocets all gone!
There were a few raptors about, with peregrine, hobby, marsh harrier, kestrel and my first merlin of the autumn.
Quite a few yellow wags seen,mostly juveniles. Corn bunting and grey partridges showed along the wetland trail.
Sketch of the day.
Grey plover. Marker pens.