Thursday, 18 August 2016

Seaton Marshes

Visit to Seaton Marshes this evening. Once on arrival the large gull flock took off front the nearby Axe river. A quick look around to find the cause and a juvenile Osprey flew into view, flying low south right over the marshes and hides giving a great but brief view until lost from view as it disappeared from view behind some trees. Great views of this Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Knot and 1 Greenshank were most noteworthy waders present. Great to see a nice collection of typical autumn passage waders all together this afternoon. Now that I'm living more local now with a new job, It will be exciting to see what else will turn up here at Seaton.

A view images of juvenile Little Stint taken from Island Hide. At least two birds present showing well but slightly distant for good pics. Great watch and see them close up.

There was good numbers of Dunlin and Ringed Plover present throughout the afternoon and I picked put this dark-mantled adult Ringed Plover from the flock. Large white forehead patch, broad black breast band, dark mask and dark brown mantle and wings suggest Tundra/Greenland race. Not 100% sure but bird was considerably darker and smaller in size than other Ringo's present.

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