c220 Avocet- all feeding- what a sight! Over 1000 were seen in 2009, in September.
Black-tailed Godwit 20+
Bar-tailed Godwit 50+ (many of both Godwit species roosting out of sight).
Redshank- difficult to even estimate, mainly out of sight.
Also of note was one Little Egret and a Common Tern.
The tide showed about as much movement as the Waders, so with time on my hands I decided to take in Cantley too. I checked the northern-most pits first, only 3 Green Sandpiper here. Main action was in the scrub- Reed Warbler, Whitethroat and young birds of prey (Sparrowhawk?) called from woodland nearby.
Not to be beaten, I signed in at reception and tapped up the main pit.
Loads of birds.
My notes make for some good reading!
Green Sandpiper 15- conservative estimate
Common Sandpiper 5
Wood Sandpiper 1
Common Snipe 2
Dunlin 2 (one interesting juvenile actually had me taking notes; the all black bill and short projection amongst other things confirmed it was 'just' a juvenile Dunlin).
Yellow Wagtail 4
Marsh Harrier 2
Bearded Tit- many pinging birds unseen in reed bed.
Little Grebe 2
Rather happy with that lot! Really enjoyed sifting through the endless Green Sandpipers in search of that one Wood; I would guess there were more of each, but as I did the circuit I was in danger of counting some twice. Easily spooked, they make you work for it!