Sunday, 24 July 2016

Charmouth - Sun 24th Jul

The water level has been very high on the river for a couple of weeks now which means there's little mud and space for returning waders. We're also approaching peak holiday season here so Charmouth is getting very busy with holidaymakers and evening sightings have been very few and far between - the last wader seen was on 7th July when 2 Common Sandpiper were present. A walk along the river early evening drew another blank but there were a few gulls on the beach at low tide; the best being 3 beautifully marked juvenile Black Headed Gulls, 56 BHG adults, 1 LBBG, 1 GBBG and a distant Curlew flying west beyond the yellow marker. There were also the usual few Gannet offshore too, milling about, but mainly heading west.

P.S And just heard that 3 BHG fledged at Abbotsbury Swannery this year for the first time - Thanks @SwannerySteve for the news.

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