I managed to spend an hour or so at Farlington on Monday, before moving cattle around, to have a look at some birds. I wandered up onto the main lake, looking up the stream. I’d managed to time it for high tide – more luck than judgement- and there was a good number of birds roosting and feeding. The first thing that struck you was the large number of Black Tailed Godwits. It was alive with them. There was also a lonely Avocet filtering its way through the mud.
There was roughly 75 Grey Plover flitting in and out. They were very nervous and would only hang around for ten minutes or so before heading off into the harbour, circling around and landing on the stream again.
The source of their nervousness became clear when a couple of Peregrines bombed through. They circle the stream for a few minutes and then headed off again. Great to see them, even if it did keep putting the waders up though the Godwits weren’t bothered in the slightest. There was also the usual mass of Redshank along the reed edge with numbers of Dunlin building every day.
There has been several birds reported down there over the last few days. An elusive Wryneck, Spotted Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stints to name a few, so well worth a wander around over the bank holiday weekend.