Bowling Green & Goosemoor

A drake Garganey was at Bowling Green Marsh early in the morning, flying off towards the estuary. Other ducks included surprisingly good numbers of Teal and Wigeon (15+), plus Shoveler (7), Pintail (drake), Gadwall (pair plus a drake) and Tufted (8). An Avocet and a couple of Whimbrel came in at high tide, as did 2 Ruff, Dunlin (200?), Ringed Plover (1), both godwits and some Knot briefly, before decanting to Goosemoor. A Swift went through and about a hundred mixed hirundines fed over in front of the hide.

At Goosemoor, 28 Greenshanks and a mixed bunch of Knot and both godwits fed for a while until the water level rose and the mud disappeared. Some splendid Knots and Bar-tails in breeding plumage, despite the dismal light!

Bar-tailed Godwit and Knots at Goosemoor Bar-tails in varying plumages! Garganey at BGM
Bar-tailed Godwit and Knots at Goosemoor   Bar-tails in varying plumages!                         Garganey at BGM

Posted May 1st, 2017 at 1:11 pm by Dave Smallshire in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts