A visit after the early morning tide with a gentle south westerly found many of the usual waders feeding on the ebb including Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Curlew and the 4,000 or so Oystercatchers. A good count of 200 Shelduck lingered to the east of Middle island (below).
The 14 Purple Sandpipers noted later was also a decent number and comparable with most high counts this winter.
Some passerines were re-trapped today including a Wren from October 2008, a Robin from 2010 and a Dunnock from September 2009 (right).
(JE) photos JE
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