Thursday, 1 September 2011

A visit to South Gare

As it was my last day off school today and I had been frantically trying to do all the jobs I had not done over the past six weeks in one day when Mick came home from work I decided to take a break and we went for a visit to South Gare to see if anything was about.
It was quite a nice evening although a little breezy and there were lots of people fishing on the breakwater when suddently an Arctic Skua turned up out of nowhere and started chasing the few gulls that were around.  Also on the water were at least 55 Guillemots and some were quite close in on the high tide.  On the shore there were lots of Dunlin and Ringed Plover, more than I have seen in a long time together with Sanderling, Knot and at least 4 Bar Tailed Godwit along with 1 Curlew Sandpiper that we could see and 2 Sandwich Tern.  On the wall near the old jetty were over 100 Turnstone sheltering from the breeze.

Arctic Skua

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