Thursday, April 22, 2021

Mostly Waders

While we have been waiting for migrants the Lapwings just got on with the job in hand. I was fairly surprised this morning to find a brood of three young Lapwings at Cockersands. Not one to miss an opportunity I walked through an open gateway and immediately picked up two of them while the third managed to hide from sight in the muddy tractor ruts. So that's ring numbers DE33134 and DE33135 used, the first D2s of the year. 


There were other several other pairs of Lapwings around but I didn't see any more youngsters, in fact not many birds except for a few Skylarks, half a dozen Linnets and a single Swallow. 

The morning had been one of waders, especially so at Conder Green. Sixteen Avocets was quite a count. Equally impressive was the sight of 180 Black-tailed Godwits in their many shades from last years greyish youngsters to the dark brick colour of full breeding males. Unfortunately most of the godwits stayed roosting out of camera range on a far island with just a few in the roadside creeks. 


Black-tailed Godwit

The Avocets were noisy and flighty, just as migrant birds tend to be. Not all of the sixteen will stay around to breed, most likely four or five pairs depending upon levels of disturbance, the attentions of predators and the ever changing weather. Pretty sure that two days of downpours and cold temperatures last summer killed all four of the young Avocets we ringed on 16th June. 



Other waders and wildfowl in lesser numbers; 14 Oystercatcher, 7 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Curlew. All the sixes with 6 Shelduck, 6 Tufted Duck, 6 Greylag. 

Small birds were few and far between with two Willow Warblers along the footpath the best and still no sign of Whitethroats. I drove to friends R and H for a look along their private tracks and found a couple of Wheatears. There was both Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler in the reed bed and 3 Willow Warblers in the copse. 

On the pool 2 Greylag and 2 Canada Goose, a Grey Heron and a Little Egret. Behind the sea wall I found five more Little Egrets and a single Great Egret. 
Great (White) Egret

 Hopefully more news tomorrow. A spot of ringing looks likely. 

Linking today to Eileen's Saturday and Anni in Texas.


The Padre said...

That Lapwing Is So Flipping Cute - The Godwit Has A Classic Strut There - Excellent Captures My Man - Well Done


Adam Jones said...

Great to see the Lapwings young and ringed. Views of the Avocet and Godwits are increasing my urge to get to the coast once again. It's been a long time, but hopefully next month I'll get back to see these great birds. I've missed them. Hope you managed to do some ringing this morning.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Phil,

I love the cute Lapwing chick. Beautiful captures of the Avocet, Godwit, Oystercatcher, Wheatear and the Egret. Well, I love them all! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your day! Happy Weekend!

Anu said...

Hello Phil.
Here the lapwings do not yet appear to have chicks or I just haven’t seen them.
Wonderful photos.
Take care.

Shiju Sugunan said...

All beautiful captures. Hard to pick a favorite, but the Lapwing chick is the star of this post.

Rhodesia said...

Lovely set of photos. Do you carry rings with you all the time just in case?
Have a good Sunday, Diane

Linda said...

Excellent photos of the water birds!

Anni said...

Thanks so much for taking time this week to share this post with us birders at IRBB. Very much appreciated! That Lapwing is so bloody cute!! I also appreciate what you do to record scientifically bird habitats, etc.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I just love seeing the curved beaks on some of these! How amazing! Enjoy your week ahead!

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