Monday, 30 October 2017

More of the Moors including Lodmoor.

A cold start to the day with a bit of frost but a beautiful dawn/early morning unfolded with glorious sunshine illuminating the shimmering mudflats but sadly very few waders present due to the low water. Several hours passed, the sun disapeared and a blanket of cloud formed above, with very little happening and even a "warm up walk" couldn't produce more than several Goldcrests, Coal Tits and a pair of Bullfinch

By late morning we decided to move on and headed down to Lodmoor for a lunch time viewing of the pristine juvenile Lesser yellow Legs, a blank to start with and limited time made it feel like it was going to be two blanks in a row for this species but then after a walk and a search this individual decided to give up the ghost and show itslef close by. Some nice views were obtained as well as allowing for some photos and videos. 

More on my personal Lesser Yellow Legs file: Here

Other sightings here included 2 Sandwich Terns, Ruff 4+, Blackwits & Dunlins, plenty Med Gulls including several darvic ringed individuals.

After two hours we headed back to the Moors where two ringtail Hen Harriers 1 ad female (above), 1 juv male (below) showed and a female Merlin perched up in the distance. All  in all a slow start but a rather nice day to be out with Mike but with that feel of a drop in tempreatures gave warning of maybe things to come. 

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