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The bird habitually was in close tow with Teal or Shoveler, picking / jabbing minutia in the disturbed water in the wake of the ducks. Whichever, one heck of a lot of birders were continuing to get get their moneies worth!!
1030-1300 A short visit with a W/NW strong breeze and HT.
Two Spoonbills had a ten-minute stopover on the the E flood (another flew through S per Jonathan L ) Golden Plovers are vocal and twitchy and in excess of 6oo —-golden indeed in the spasmodic sunlight.
Ruff; Curlew Sandpipers; significant numbers of Ringed Plovers and a good mix of duck sps continue to be a supporting cast—I`m sure the Long-billed Dowitcher was there somewhere, but was flushed from its earlier location close to the road.
Curlews; Bar-tailed Godwits and Grey Plovers worked the shoreline back towards the W flood.
08.00 to 12.00hrs Dry and calm around 14C – High Tide at roughly 11.30 Spent a pleasant 4 hours this morning, amassing a total of 21 wader species.
Met the three Swedish birders who are doing a Big Western Palearctic Year List.
Looking East down the Swale towards Castle Coote the distant Black-necked Grebe was diving and feeding near a Great Crested Grebe and Cormorant (strange size comparisons).2 Buzzardsand a Marsh Harrier were quartering the saltmarsh and a Green Sandpiper flew from a near dyke – white rump gleaming in the sun.Deep into TQ Great Crested Grebes were again numerous in the channels—-a duck Red–breasted Merganser was trailing two of the grebes. Beyond FSB, the island`s margins were lined with Wigeon; a conservative count of 1600—no doubt accounting for the flocks leaving Mocketts earlier.Little Egrets and Grey Herons were a continuous feature appearing both leaward of the seawall and along the Swale`s margins.Shelduck numbers have been recently boosted and c 650 were along Sheppey banks too.