Saturday, 16 May 2009

Essex 160509

Dunlin, probably schinzii but check out the third bird from the right- larger, longer billed, paler breasted, richer colour scaps- who knows, maybe two races, variation??

Dunlin and Ringed Plover

Male (left) and female Turnstone

Grey Plovers and Bar-tailed Godwit

Dunlin and Ringed Plover
Started off at Vange- nothing in the way of migrants. There was a Greenshank and a male Garganey on Vange Wick. Breeding Corn Buntings, Oystercatcher and Lapwing there. Checked out Bower's- breeding Redshank nearby. Ended up at Canvey Point- 70+ Ringed Plover, 70+ Dunlin, 4 Sanderling, 8 Turnstone, 6 Grey Plover, 20+ Oystercatcher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 40+ Brent Goose and 4 Common Tern.

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