It had been a long time since the last RSPB SE Herts Group last coach trip and despite a few initial concerns it was a resounding success and a big thanks go to Steve Kiln for organising. Even the weather smiled on us with glorious sunshine for most of the day. Our smaller group decided to head straight to the sea wall to try and see if the Short Eared Owls were showing. On the way there we had a few Yellow Wagtails and a Merlin darting through. No sign of the Owls, however a Wheatear showed well, giving close views.
Walking up to the raptor viewpoint gave good views firstly of Black-tailed Godwit...
This particular Godwit had a buddy in the form of a Knot, and they were happily walking around together.
Walking along the sea wall also yielded some smaller birds including this juvenile Starling.
A small flock of Linnets, more Yellow Wagtails and Reed Buntings added to the day total as well as quite a few Meadow Pipits.
The 360 degree hide was bird less as the scape was dry, but the East Hide was much better, with a Shelduck right in front.
There were three Pectoral Sandpipers which I failed to see, however, a distant Little Stint was good compensation.
Walking further round, Lapwing, Redshank and Common Snipe were added with some more good photo opportunities with the Black-tailed Godwits.
There had been up to 30 Spoonbill present, but just the seven when we were there. As inactive as ever!
There were also 14 Spotted Redshank showing and one decided to come a little closer allowing a few shots.
A fantastic day, especially the waders! Looking forward to going back for waders, raptors and Geese in the Winter.
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