Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 09:10 till 10:45

A good morning started with  9 curlew sandpipers to the left of the hide with another 2 curlew sandpipers close in front of the hide, good numbers of Juv Dunlin and good numbers of redshank, 1 common sandpipers, 1 juveniles ruff, 50+ pintail, 60+ wigeon , 4 pochard, 3 gadwall, 300+ black headed gulls, 5 bar tailed godwits , 3 whimbrel, good numbers of black tailed godwits and curlew but due to extensive vegetation no count of these could be done accurately.

then watched from viewing platform from 10:50 till 12:00

as the tide dropped and birds ventured out from the marsh initial group of 150+ juvenile Dunlin included 13 curlew sandpipers another couple of groups of Dunlin joined this group and included another 2 curlew sandpipers then another group of 80+ Juv Dunlin flew across and included 1 curlew sandpiper  after checking all the groups of waders again the final tally for the morning was confirmed as  16 juvenile curlew sandpipers  my highest count on the estuary in 10 years of watching. 

Posted September 3rd at 10:26 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News