WAYMARKERS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go BIrding -

1 From the dou­ble-decker hide scan the lagoon for a range of wild­fowl in­clud­ing Wi­geon, Teal, and Gar­ganey. Breed­ing waders should in­clude Av­o­cet, Lit­tle Ringed Plover, Snipe, Red­shank and Lap­wing, plus pas­sage sand­pipers and god­wits. Egrets, Spoon­bill, Black-necked Grebe, Mediter­ranean Gull, Marsh Har­rier, Com­mon and Black Terns, Wa­ter Pipit, White and Blue­headed Wag­tails are all likely.

2 Be­yond the dunes, the vast beach at­tracts breed­ing Ringed and Ken­tish Plovers, plus a colony of Lit­tle Terns. Sand­wich Terns stream over­head to in­land nest sites and Mediter­ranean Gulls are com­mon. The salt­ings at­tract Sky Lark, Meadow Pipit and Stonechat with a chance of Crested Lark in the dunes.

3 Scrub cover in the dunes is good for pas­sage mi­grants, typ­i­cally scrub war­blers, Wheatear, chats, Nightin­gale, Ring Ouzel and pos­si­bly Zit­ting Cis­ti­cola and Bluethroat. Hirundines, Tur­tle Dove and Cuckoo fil­ter north over­head.

4 A road­side hide over­looks old gravel pits and flooded fields, ideal for pas­sage waders, egrets, Spoon­bill, gulls and terns. Black-necked Grebe, Mediter­ranean Gull, Sand­wich and Com­mon Terns breed, while Black-winged Stilts of­ten pause on mi­gra­tion. An­other good spot to scan for mi­grants mov­ing along the coast.

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