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September 2009

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Seaforth and multiply !

Although the weather had improved from the gale force winds of the day before, there was still sufficient a breeze to make looking out of the windows of the hide a 'cooling' experience. We all know that there is 'no gain without pain' and we certainly had to endure cold conditions for our birds. Unfortunately, despite the strong breeze the tide was a low one and the sea pouring into the basin did not cover the mud flats. As a result the redshank, knot, curlew, black-tailed godwit and dunlin were not forced to come into the nearer pool leaving us with only distant views. A large flock of common terns entertained us with their antics, with some of the young still being fed by their overworked parents. A huge flock of lapwing loafed around on the shingle bank, only to be disturbed when a sparrowhawk made a fleeting visit across the pools. A staggering number of cormorant, at least 150, came into roost over the tide, some lifting their wings out in that typical cormorant pose. On the pools were little grebe, tufted duck, a lovely pochard, teal and at least 2 gadwall. A small flock of ringed plover and a common sandpiper completed the wader contingent for the day. Sadly Seaforth has lost that large area of rubble and scrub land which used to be so good for migrants but we did manage to find a couple of wheatears feeding amongst the undulating grass areas - giving good views to us all. Despite the presence of large numbers of black headed, common, herring and lesser black backed gulls we couldn't find any rare gulls but it wasn't for want of trying. Seaforth is the sort of place where the phrase 'expect the unexpected' is very apt! Not today - but if we saw everything every time it just wouldn't be bird watching would it. We'll be back next year !!