Four in a barrel

It maybe the height of dudery, but I couldn’t resist the gang of four Common Sandpipers feeding on the island in front of Sandgrounders Hide at Marshside this afternoon.

Calling and bobbing all over the place the tubsters were on fine form and I blatted them to pieces as they fed, crouched when Kestrels swept over and whirred around the pebbly shoreline.

Round and round they went…

Shameless behaviour on my part, but it’s not as if I shot any video (oh hang on….)

Yesterday’s Hobby over the house, all pointy angles so sharp they could cut you and the usual breathtaking turn of speed from a standing, or rather circling start, had kind of enthused me so I went out to HOM today, where a Marsh Harrier weaving into the wind spooked flocks of Teal and a few Wigeon and about 40 Curlew – very autumnal.

Up to five Yellow Wagtails in the fields and three Great White Egrets, plus a distant Great Crested Grebe adding to the usual Littles on the east side.

Didn’t see any Arctic Terns though, and the Quails were keeping their gobs shut while I was there…