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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Kentish Plover Crymlyn Burrows 18-20/10/14

It would appear the Kentish Plover has moved on from Crymlyn Burrows, having not been seen at high tide on either 21st or 22nd. It was a showstopper for me, particularly since on the three days I saw it I didn't count the other waders present. So normal services resumed yesterday with a couple of counts revealing 51 Dunlins (down from c80) and 183 Ringed Plovers (down from c220). The Sanderling seemed fewer but were not counted. Prior to the Kentish Plover's arrival the small wader numbers had been keeping fairly constant and so it seems likely that a small movement of waders away from the area has occurred in recent days, perhaps due to the stormy weather.

It was particularly rewarding to watch the Kentish Plover amongst the regular mix of waders and pleasing also that so many other birders managed to visit to see it.


Barry Stewart said...

Very nice shots Mark

Mark Hipkin said...

Thanks Barry.

John Wilson said...

Mark's pic of this bird is in the Dec edition of Birdwatch mag - nice one.