Monday, 16 November 2009

By the early afternoon the mornings heavy cloud had cleared,although there was now more wind (southwest) but at least it was nice and bright.
1300-1400 river high,though on the turn.Shortly after I had gone through the first stile a Little Egret got up from the fields on the left of the path,after circling for a while it flew to the far end of the common and went down,as it went a Green Woodpecker came into view not far from where the Egret had been.Just over the second stile and not far from the river bank the Ringed Plover was roosting in the same spot where I had first seen it on the 6th and sitting not far away was a Common Sandpiper.At the far end of the salt marsh 10 Canada Geese,20+Lapwing,4 Redshank and a mixed flock of B h Gulls and Common were gathered,presumably waiting for the water to recede and on my way back to the car there was now 3 Little Egrets standing on the common where my first sighting had been.Due to the strong wind very few small birds were noted,those that were being - Yellowhammer 1,Stonechat 1 (male) Goldfinch 1,Chaffinch 1 and Dunnock 1.

Ken,two birds to look out for over the next few weeks are Rock Pipit and Water Pipit,both of which I recorded in the 1970s.

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