A group of seven of us visited Saltholme on a very warm 01 October. This is an in-between period, with most of the summer visitors having left to head south, and our winter visitors yet to arrive. Having said that, we managed to pick up 53 species on the day, with three new ones to the group: a distant view of a Knot, a fleeting glimps of a Wheatear, and rather special, a very distant view of an american visitor blown over on the tail of the recent hurricane, a Pectoral Sandpiper (pictured). This brought our running total for the group to 139 species.
However, we were most impressed by the dozen or so snipe that we saw first thing, and the five beautiful greenshank out on Seal Sands.
And don't forget the seals - really nice to see them swimming up the creek with the incoming tide.
Birdlist at Saltholme
Gt Black-backed Gull
Lr Black-backed Gull