Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Waders at Par Bay

Report. R.Lane. 10th August 2010

Trust you enjoyed your weekend. All I saw were a load of Gannets c.300/hr passing the Gribben in strong SW wind.!
However tonight (5pm Tues.10thAug) there were 2 x Sanderling feeding on the shore of Par Bay, at HIGH tide. I believe they were juveniles and very tame (kept only 10ft away).Good for photo's!
Also kept hearing an unusual metallic call and eventually two smallish birds flew off the thistle beds near the sea, and giving metallic call flew off around to Spit. Can only think that they may have been Crossbills, since I believe it is dispersal time. This was near to where 'the council' have heaped half the beach close to thistles. More common birds on new heaps.

Thanks for the report Roger.

Well done with the Sanderlings ...one of my favorite waders.
Dartmoor was very enjoyable and relaxing . Angie saw a Crossbill in the Bellever Forest; I missed it and it would have been a Life Tick for me. Lots of small birds were active but it was not easy to ID them.
Have you ever seen a Crossbill in the wooded area of Par?

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