Friday, July 18, 2008

Working lates today hence this early post. Some of you may have noticed the distinct lack of birding from yours truly of late and even less at Boulmer. As our summer season is so short up here, I make no apologies for spending most of June and July seeking out plants and insects around about and I've really enjoyed it this year, seeing quite a few new species for me.

Now that we are past mid July though, there seems to be a turnaround starting. At Seaton Point with Bunty this morning there was a nice flock of early returning waders, 42 Dunlin complete with black bellies, 5 Ringed Plover and 3 Grey Plover. Dunlin were thoroughly checked because this is a great time to find White rumped Sandpiper. A male Yellow Wagtail was flying around the caravan site and a spotty juvenile Wheatear was on the beach.

The other day there were two of these very young birds at the north end.It makes you wonder if they are locally bred? I could have easily missed the adults as I haven't been giving it that much cover recently...

Once August is here birding will be back in full swing with loads of seawatching, waders and drift migrants on the coasts...d'you think?

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