2nd October 2017 – New Passage, Severn Estuary

I found a had a free morning and, as I didn’t have much time to prepare a birding sortie,  I decided to go down to the Severn Estuary again. It only takes 20 minutes to get there and there’s always something to see.

I didn’t even know what the tide times were. Luckily the tide had not gone too far out and I was still able to see lots of waders on the shore line (even if they were a bit too far away for decent photos). More knowledgeable birders were seeing all sorts of waders but I was quite happy to pick out redshank, oystercatchers, ringed plover, widgeon, a single curlew and two little egrets.





MT1D7138Cormorant racing oystercatcher

As I made my way along to the Pilning Wetlands I saw lots of meadow pipits, pied wagtails and even two yellow wagtails. There were big flocks of starlings forming too.

MT1D7189Big flocks of starlings forming

MT1D7244Starlings having a bath

MT1D7264Pied wagtail

MT1D7289More widgeon in flight

On the wetlands there was a big flock of black-tailed godwits but (once again) the sun was in the wrong direction for me (with my amateur eyes) to pick out much else.

So, I contented myself with getting photos of the meadow pipits and 3 wheatears.


MT1D7427Meadow pipit

There were quite a few birders down on the estuary and meeting a few of them made the morning even more pleasurable.



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