Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide until 1830hrs.

From the viewing platform at 1545 the Osprey again sat on pole in middle of estuary where it eventually took off and caught fish south of rivermeet house before returning to same pole. Keith then picked up another Osprey flying towards us from Exton area where it flew across and disappeared up towards the goatwalk fishing and disappeared over turf side.

From the hide watching the incoming waders of note were 2 Curlew Sandpipers + 1-juv Spotted Redshank + 2 Snipe + c15 Knot + 3 Ringed Plover + 5 Ruff + c5 Dunlin + c4 Wimbrel + c4 Bar-Tailed Godwits + c10 Greenshank + Barnacle Goose and good numbers of other waders, Shoveler and Teal. The Osprey returned and sat on top the mast/derrick for quite a while before disappearing down the estuary again.

A Hobby made a low diving pass eastwards in front the hide just over the heads of 2 Black-Tailed Godwits feeding in channel left of hide and went over to Goosemoor. A bit later a Peregrine made what looked like several low unsuccessful passes amongst the waders on far side of the pond attempting to try to pick something up. It wasn't until sometime later Keith found a small wader laying down on the mud in amongst the numerous Canada Geese with a damaged wing unable to stand and seemed to have longish black legs with a long black curved bill and convinced it was one of the Curlew Sandpipers but hoping it was something else but in the end had to agree with some sadness.

Most of the Canada Geese went out to the estuary for a short while and about 1/2 hour later some 300 returned and decended on the pond just as i left.

A quick look at the viewing platform again upon leaving showed lots of Sandwich Terns diving around the estuary but NO Ospreys seen on any of the poles.

Posted September 6th, 2014 at 9:13 pm by David Boult in Bird News