Donna Nook 30/8/09

Moderate to strong SW's didnt bode well for there being much in the bushes and that proved to be the case. Walking south from Stonebridge to Quad 3, I only managed 2 Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers & a Spotted Flycatcher. 6 Wheatears were on the saltmarsh. 2 Marsh Harriers were soaring in the distance above Grainthorpe Marsh.
I then joined Graham Catley and Neil Drinkall out on the tide edge for 3 hrs until the rain came down to add to the strong winds and we called it a day. In that time c4,000 Common Terns arrived from the SE but bizzarely heading up river rather than south. What few Sandwich Terns there were all went south. Also seen: a few Gannet heading upriver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Arctic Tern, 7 Black Tern, 1 summer plumaged Red-throated Diver, 10 Common Scoter, 4 Teal, 1 Whimbrel & the surprise of the night - an early juv Purple Sandpiper which landed very close to where we was standing - click here for a photo of the bird on Graham's Blog.

I think this Whitethroat has seen better days

Little Egret - more common than Grey Heron along the Lincs coast these days

Redshank - sentinel of the marshes

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