Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:15 till 18:45

A great afternoon started with a spotted flycatcher along the path upto the viewing platform then suddenly noticed a few hundred swallow and house Martin moving over the viewing platform and for next 20 minutes a massive movement occurred birds were moving west on a front from darts farm right down to Lympstone one count of a small section was 500+ birds in a minute a conservative estimate for the movement was 30000+ a spectacular sight split was 50:50 among them a few sand Martin.

2 little stints possibly 3 were on mud and was a sign of things to come also 17+ grey plover and 20+ ringed plover

moved upto the hide for the high tide 2 juvenile little stints showed straight away including 1 ringed individual red ring over metal ring on left leg and a yellow ring on right leg with black lettering ( hoping some photos will give us the code) believe this to be a Norway ringing group. Soon picked up another juvenile little stint the 3 now showing well, a sanderling and knot dropped in among 300+ dunlin , 5  juvenile curlew sandpipers, 4 avocet, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 300+ redshank, 3 whimbrel, 600+ black tailed godwits.

Then another juvenile little stint appeared on the left end of the island with the other 3 still showing then I was certain I had another little stint come in with small group of dunlin but couldn't confirm until a sparrowhawk came in 3 little stint flew out the sparrowhawk was chasing another little stint which escaped and then the 1 on the island flew out so final count was 

5 Little stints my best count for a few years on the marsh all nice smart juveniles a fantastic afternoon 

 

 

 

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 10:45 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding