High Water

17th February 2011, Thursday

Along shore ridges at high water today at least 125 Grey Plover, 22 Knot, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 260 Oystercatcher were roosting. Dunlin and Sanderling were conspicuous by there absence. Numbers of these two species feeding along the shore this winter have been low compared to recent years, Sanderling in particular have barely reached double figures, while groups of Dunlin have only appeared on occasions. The harsh weather conditions during December probably account for this as many birds moved further south. As birds start to move north again during the coming weeks it will be interesting to see if waders numbers increase for a short time, as indeed Grey Plover numbers have gone up over the last few days.

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Grey Plover along Shore Ridges, (with two Knot trying to get a look in)