Saturday, 1 September 2012

On The Beach

Whilst the main reason for going to Snettisham was to see the high tide roost, there was also plenty to see on the beach. Unfortunately migratory passerines were totally absent, with the only small birds present being the resident Linnets.

Although the larger flocks of waders were gathering out on the mud, smaller flocks were flying along the coast-line and feeding and roosting on the beach. These included Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Turnstone and Knot.

With patience and a bit of fieldcraft it is possible to get quite close to individual waders such as Turnstone, Sanderling and Ringed Plover.

Young birds, such as Knot and Dunlin, which were bred in the far north possibly as far as the Arctic Circle have never seen humans before and are approachable to within 5 metres.

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