Tuesday 1 May 2018

Seven whistler? No, eleven.

Eleven Whimbrel in to roost at Wheldrake Ings last night (by 9.10pm) which was a little disappointing, although it seemed others were heading for Swantail Ings and so avoided being counted. The water has been dropping so other roost sites must be available on site.

This Whimbrel dropped in early and hung out for a bit with the local Curlews, allowing a good comparison. It seems that freshly arrived birds come into the roost to meet up with their mates, before heading out the next morning to feed.

Also present tonight, a pair of Garganey, 152 Teal and two Pintail.

And by the way, Seven Whistler is a colloquial name for Whimbrel.

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