Wednesday 2nd May 2007
At Fretherne this evening, the highlight among a good selection of birds was six Arctic Terns on the high tide. In the northerly breeze, Dave Pearce spotted them first as they passed mid-point at Slimbrdge and continued upriver, and then continued straight on NE over the Saul Warth flashes. Also present this evening were two Wheatears, 77 Bar-tailed Godwits, 35 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, a Little Stint, a Yellow Wagtail (heard over), 20+ Whimbrel, the resident Great Skua, a Peregrine, five Swifts, several Swallows and a Sand Martin. On the north flash, three Sanderlings moulting into breeding plumage, 7 Glossy Ibises and the Marbled Duck (photos of Barwits, Sanderlings and Arctic Terns: © Paul Masters).


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