Turnstones and Supporting Cast
Sightings with Andy this morning: along the Berkeley Shore south of Severn House Farm, at least 20 Turnstones were picking amongst the seaweed on the rocks, until the incoming tide drove them further up the shore and mostly out of sight. A morning of hazy sun and no wind, the river was like a mill-pond. Another Turnstone flew from behind us later, and there seemed to be a number more further down the shore towards the county border and beyond. Also 30 Dunlin, 40 Lapwing, nine Curlew, 13 Wigeon, four Shelduck, six Oystercatchers, a Redshank, two Reed Buntings and three Grey Herons. A quick visit to Slimbridge on the way back found the usual Redshanks and three Oystercatchers on the tack piece (no Spotty red though) and the pale Glaucous Gull and the third-winter Yellow-legged Gull on the Dumbles. The Ring-necked Duck didn't show, it seems to sleep out of sight under trees between Robbie Garnett and Stephen Kirk hides until later in the day, although it was reported earlier at 9am. Two Chiffchaffs were in fine song along the Holden arm walk-way (pics: Chiffchaff and Shelduck by Paul Masters).