Caen river, Sherpa and Velator reserve

Decided it was high time for an Osprey, so headed out on the east bank of the Caen to see if one had arrived. Past Velator harbour (work on new 'quay' nearing completion) a couple of Little Egrets. As I went past Sherpa Marsh a couple of Little Grebes, and a few Hirundines. The Black-tailed Godwit was just south of the Toll House (on the east side) and probably 100/150 small Gulls in a roost on the toll road side, which I thought I'd look through on my way back. A Swift was by Chivenor and a female Sparrowhawk which preceded me down the embankment to the main river. Only Cormorants on the regular 'Osprey' posts in the river, so I turned back north wondering where Rob's small waders had got to... Well not far up the river a small wader called and landed at the water's edge, but it didn't look right for Ringed Plover... then a small group of waders landed nearby - all Ringed Plover and Dunlin (about 6 of each) Looking back at the single Plover, it didn't join the main flock and then headed back north. Dark (almost black) bill, so I've put it down as Little Ringed Plover. The Gull flock was mainly Black-Headed, but with half a dozen Mediterranean mixed in. The Knot also put in an appearance. I looked in on Sherpa Marsh on my way back - Common Sandpiper, Tufted Duck, the Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank, and flying with the other Hirundines, 3 Swifts. In the reserve, a brief burst of Chiffchaff song. Good walk, shame about the lack of Osprey!

Posted August 21st, 2014 at 5:33 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News