Pett Level

31st August 2008, Sunday

Although there is quite a good variety of birds – I found 81 sp this morning at the western end of the level – it’s hard work to find them.
Waders remain rather similar but 3 Curlew Sandpipers on the roadside pool and 2 Golden Plovers overhead were new. Otherwise, there are Lapwing, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Turnstone, Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Redshank, Greenshank (2, Carter’s Flood), Spotted Redshank (1, Pannel Scrape), Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Common & Green Sandpiper & Dunlin.

A flock of ducks which appeared from out at sea turned out to be a Pintail and 4 Wigeon.
There are poor numbers of warblers, of 7 species, several Wheatears and a few Whinchats (along the canal).
A lot of Yellow Wagtails are still following the cattle and 3 Grey Wagtails were the only passerines going over (not even any Crossbills today) apart from, once more, a strangely behaved GS Woodpecker at Toot Rock. Maybe the same eccentric individual as last week, it circled round and round over “Tamarisk”, getting higher and higher until it appeared to head off back towards the old cliff-line.