Monday, 28 July 2008

GODwit Heaven

Another day in North Kent, another visit to the Allhallows area. Sun 20th July and I found myself wandering across the marshes yet again in the vague hope of scoring with the 'big one'! Fortune was on my side not in terms of rarity but the sheer numbers of Waders present and akin to the 'good old days' of birding at Cliffe the waders were approached without any disturbance and superb views obtained. The butterflies were once again in profusion across the marshes with huge numbers of Gatekeepers and a few Peacock and Red Admiral plus Odonata overload with hundreds of Ruddy Darters.
The waders were order of the day though and I managed to count the following
Black wit 710+
Dunlin 4
Whimbrel a vocal group of 16 flying over
Greenshank 27 stunning birds
Redshank 50+
Garganey 7
A great few hours once again in the area and a good opportunity to see waders at close range

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