Thursday, 3 August 2017

Horrid autumn- 3/8/17

A Horrid factoid- The Cement works closed in 1913. Just after, the final vessel to berth there grounded and spilt its cargo; the reason why the mudflats here often give up 'Dundee marmalade' jars.

10:15-11:05, high tide

Point- Zilch (had to be elsewhere on the estuary for dawn today).

Viz mig- 4 Common Tern w.

Severe lack of roosting waders thanks to ssw winds gusting to 30 m.p.h.- most small/medium waders had relocated the mile or so to northern seawall of Motney Hill. Larger birds could get by on northern edge of Nor/Friars.
Highlight a lone Greenshank Rainham Saltings.
So, counted 'roosting' Starlings instead. Over neap/lower high tides each salting can hold a small flock, many feeding, others just sitting up waiting out the tide-none feeling the urge to fly over water between sites or shore. About par for this time of year.

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