• Andrew Kinghorn

Trip to Druridge Bay Area on 04 September 2021

We started off by looking out to sea, there was a feeding flock of Kittiwakes offshore which were joined by a single Little Gull and a Manx Shearwater joined in amongst the mix. Amongst the rocks the Mediterranean Gulls numbered upwards of 100, with various age classes allowing for a study of the various plumages. A Greenshank was feeding amongst the surf, and a single pale phase Arctic Skua stormed north offshore. Some high up Curlews held a single Bar-tailed Godwit but they soon disappeared off to the north. We headed on to Cresswell Pond for a look at the activity, some Little Egrets were hiding in the south-west corner, and the wader selection was truly excellent. There was an impressive flock of Dunlin which held both Knot and Turnstone. Some Greenshanks appeared and the first returning Wigeon are always a reminder that the autumn is marching on. The Black-tailed Godwits showed well as always and amongst them there was a single Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Ruff. Highlight at the site was without a doubt a Great Egret the group found as it flew in from the west and landed in front of the hide.

The Budge Fields were alive from the south facing hide, the Spoonbill that had been around sometime was still in attendance. Two superb juvenile Spotted Redshanks flew in, followed shortly after by Greenshank and 2 Ruff. Flyover Whimbrel were both vocal and evocative.

Highlights at Chevington included excellent views of calling Whimbrel and yet more Ruff were amongst the Lapwing flocks. Offshore we were treated to some more birds passing with further Arctic Skuas and singles of Brent Goose moving. Excellent flocks of birds had built up offshore and included Common Scoter, Eider, and Teal.

We managed to see 75 species of bird, with Great Egret and Whimbrel being guests highlights.

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