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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

From here I scanned around to see what else was present, a good selection of waders was revealed, ended up with 2 Whimbrel - 1 flying upriver and another on the rocks, 5 Summer plumed Black Tailed Godwits on the mud, 6 Oystercatchers - still paired up, Common Snipe - walked up on path, 2 Curlew flying up river, probably to the Outfall, a good count of 19 Common Sandpipers feeding on the edge of the rising tide, 133 Shelduck and of course the recently returned female Ruddy Shelduck.I know its origins are dubious but it is still a cracking looking bird.
Also estimated 80+ Common Terns on the river and at the Outfall.No sign this year of the Great Black Backed Gull pair that very likely bred in 2009.Last year the adults dived you as soon as you appeared, very impressive and also got some good photo's at the time of the big chaps.

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