Fretherne Again

Sunday 6th May 2007
The male Great Spotted Woodpecker was feeding in the garden on peanuts at 8am. I hadn't seen him for a while although I did hear a GSW from the garden yesterday evening. A Chiffchaff and a Blackcap were both singing strongly near the garden.

A visit to the river at Fretherne this morning with Andy produced a disappointing yield on the high tide given the strong south-westerly breeze. A Wheatear was near the edge of the river, and before the tide, on the sands there was a Grey Plover, a Knot, two Bar-tailed Godwits, 29 Dunlin, seven Curlew, the Great Skua, and several Shelduck. As the tide came in, Andy spotted a Sanderling among the Dunlin flock which had now been pushed up the shore. On Saul Warth, 15 Glossy Ibis took to the air for a couple of minutes before settling back down on the flashes (photo: © Paul Masters).


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