12th September 2020 – Severn Estuary

Such is the attraction of seeing the migrant waders on the Severn Estuary that this was our third visit to New Passage in a just over a week; and today the sun shone and we had a much better view of them.

I still have difficulty in differentiating between them all but now I can easily identify the stars for me – the curlew sandpipers, of which their were half a dozen or so. With the help of a more knowledgeable local birder I was also able to spot a pair of sanderlings among the dunlins, knots, and ringed plovers. There were also plenty of turnstones which, once you could see through their camouflage, were easier to identify as they kept apart from the others.

Sanderling standing out from the crowd
Size is the key to sorting out the knots
This curlew sandpiper came and posed in front of me
Ringed plover moving right
Flypast turnstone
Turnstone not being very sociable
A standout ringed plover with a flock of waders
A lone starling wanting to join the party

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