OTHER WILDLIFE

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - JOHN MILES

BE­ING SO CLOSE to the Hum­ber, fresh­wa­ter is a magnet to draw birds from salt wa­ter and the cur­rent list is amaz­ing. Black-headed Gulls here can pro­tect other birds from preda­tors like Marsh Har­ri­ers, which move through the area and breed else­where. Mediter­ranean Gull is a re­cent breed­ing bird and Avo­cets are do­ing well here. Gravel pits are fa­mous for Lit­tle Ringed Plover and here we have them breed­ing along with Lap­wing and Red­shank. Pass­ing waders in­clude Ruff, Black-tailed and Bar-tailed God­wits, Wood, Com­mon and Green Sand­pipers, Lit­tle and Tem­minck’s Stints, Whim­brel and even a Red-necked Phalarope. Pass­ing duck have in­cluded Com­mon Scoter, Green­winged Teal, Amer­i­can Wi­geon, Ring-necked Duck and Smew. About 500 pairs of Sand Martin breed around the quar­ries which at­tract Hobby in sum­mer. Other rap­tors seen in the area in­clude Buz­zard (right), Spar­rowhawk, Pere­grine, Hen and Mon­tagu’s Har­rier, so keep a look out for them. Brown Ar­gus Butter­fly is worth look­ing for as well as Em­peror Drag­on­fly in sum­mer

Mediter­ranean Gull

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