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Monday, 22 September 2008

20/21-09-8 Sat/Sun

Saturday I stopped at Lynemouth flash 40+ Redshanks and a Curlew Sandpiper the one with the straight looking bill , I took a couple of shots for a closer look the bill seems deformed not closing correctly perhaps explaining its feeding action here, legs look greenish yellow in the first shot which is just staining as shown on the Black Headed Gulls.
At Cresswell the Yellow Browed Warbler still in the Willows and Kingfisher towards the gut the car park was full as was the hide so I went to the North end ,Peregrine gave a great display also Sparrowhawk , a large flock of Swallows 100+ drifting South held 2 Swifts ad two small groups of Pinkfeet 27 dropped in to the west, another look in at the hide , 2 Little Stints, 10 Curlew Sandpiper, Water Rail feeding along the edge and the Merlin through, again unsuccessfully it settled on the fence to the North , Hawkers again in font of the hide .
Sunday afternoon a cycle ride through to Holywell Pond and St Mary's island held no surprises again Hawkers from both hides , St Mary's was very busy and the rocks there were people everywhere till the tide started to rise as did the number of Golden Plover ,sea conditions looked perfect for Cetaceans so I scanned for awhile but nothing

Curlew Sandpiper with a deformed bill, and 2 of the 40 Redshanks
Kingfisher towards the outflow
Peregrine over the pond

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