Thurlestone Bay

Poor viz driving rain and a F6/7 E wind produced one of the best Sept wader passages for a few years - not in total numbers but 15 species in one day could well be a site record .

Bay watched from 09.00- 15.30  by BOB B , Alan D  Eric W  and myself

 First good wader was a flyover Grey Plover , then a small group landed on the beach and included 2 Little Stint and a Curlew Sandpiper. 17 Golden Plover ( a flock of 15 ). A total of 10 Snipe flew in off the sea and 1 was accompanied by a Jack Snipe ( viewed from 30 feet ) 2 Knott, a single Bar T Godwit, 1 Greenshank. On the beaches were 26 Dunlin, 9 Sanderling, 3 Ringed Plover, last the resident Oystercatchers.

At 12.00 Bob had 4 db Brent Goose fly through, earlier 7 Common Scoter flew east. 15 Wigeon

In the Bay 3 groups of Tern - 3 Arctic ,2 Common and 3 Sandwich, 1 ad Med Gull and 1 ad Common Gull

The few migrants included a Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 20 Meadow Pipit

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 7:15 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding