(Today's Video Clip)
Today I had trouble in deciding what to do, should I do the roost or a feeding area, In the end I decided to do the roost at the Point. As I walked out on to the Point I could see 2 birders present and as I suspected it was Johannes and his Girlfriend Hanna, It was nice to meet them both and they seem real nice people. As they left I sat there thinking how it was just nice to be out where ever the location. The sun was strong and I could feel the warmth of it and at times the cool breeze of the wind both against my face as they balanced each other out. The tide was published as a 5.5 but this was incorrect as it must have been at least a 5.9 Meters as most of the saltings and shell bancs were nearly fully covered. The Knot flock was intermittent today and just didn't seem to settle until the turn of the tide. Best birds today were:
The Canadian ringed Turnstone still present and showing total loyalty to the Point,
Great Northern Diver 1 in the channel between the Point and the east end of Two Tree,
GC Grebe 1, Little Grebe 1, Teal 30+, Knot 3000+, Sparrowhawk 1, Dunlin 600+(unusually high count for the Point in winter) Ringed Plover 30+ (again unusual) Turnstone 25+, Oystercatcher 1000+
I was unable to find any Colour ringed Red Knot today,however I guess the Turnstone compensated for this. Why is it that when birds have colour/flag rings they are rarely obliging enough to let you get a good photo? Like today, the Canadian ringed Turnstone just would not remain still long enough to get a shot unlike the un-ringed Turnstone below. I am still trying to get a good photo of the Canadian Turnstone and of a Norwegian Red Knot. "Time is Running out"