Relaxing on a lovely summer's day by the tide edge with these fellas
An afternoon visit to Donna Nook produced a Common Sandpiper on the outfall at Pyes, a couple of flyover Yellow Wagtails, Marsh Harrier west over Stonebridge car park, an immature Peregrine playfighting with the gulls on the mudflats and my 2nd Curlew Sandpiper of the autumn. A Red Admiral butterfly was at the base.
Adult Curlew Sandpiper
Sea Lavender provides a colourful carpet over the saltmarsh
This immature Peregrine was causing chaos on the mudflats but appeared to be playing rather than seriously looking for prey, it even decided to have a few swoops at a Herring Gull.
Woody Nightshade (also known as Bittersweet)
Related to the more well-known Deadly Nightshade, it also possesses berries that are poisonous to humans
Had a walk out on to the mud flats at Horseshoe in the afternoon with the best bird being a moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper with a flock of only 10 Dunlin, Whimbrel were clearly on the move with a total of 8 birds moving through. The only other noteworthy birds were 9 Common Scoter heading upriver, a Yellow Wagtail and a Dutch-ringed Oystercatcher.
Oystercatcher all blinged up with Dutch rings