Sunday, 9 May 2010

Small and beautiful- Dunlins on the Thames

Spent today on the Thames Estuary and South Essex marshes with Simon. Not really a lot about but a few migrants including single Cuckoo, Little Tern, Hobby and Sandwich Tern with 300+ Swallow, 10 Whimbrel, 2 Barwit, 2 Sanderling, 1 Grey Plover, 11 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 25+ Ringed Plover and 40+ Dunlin. The Dunlins were pretty fearless and gave us an opportunity for a close inspection reminding us than in nature there is nothing but individuals- with each bird in a unique plumage and state of moult.

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