Saturday, 6 November 2010

Point of Ayr - Wader spectacular

Having decided against a long haul twitch or some retail park shopping for Waxies, a last minute decsion was made to join the SOS party at Point of Ayr! There were no great rarities but plenty of birds - waders by the 1,000! (Bigger than usual pics posted so that you can enjoy the spectacle!)

A pretty high tide for the time of year (9.64m) seemed to concentrate all the waders nearby (although never close enough for individual birds!) Nevertheless, the sight of 1,000s of birds forming dense clouds as they wheeled about the sky is one of nature's most impressive sights!!

One thing guaranteed to get the birds into gear was a marauding ringtail Hen Harrier!

The Knot (how about a Nimbus of Knot??) were soon putting the nearby rain clouds to shame! (At least a 1,000 in this group alone although a few Godwits mixed in)

Before settling down again on the distant 'point' with numerous Oystercatcher.....

Several '100 strong' groups of Black-tailed Godwits coming in to land a bit closer....

A riot of Redshanks??

There were also smaller flocks of Dunlin, two Grey Plover and a Greenshank seen.

An afternoon check of Kinmel bay added Sanderling, Ringed Plover and Turnstone to the wader list for the day, not at all bad! Not a Snow Bunting to be seen but lets save that for another day.....