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Trip report for 5th February 2020 - Tamar Estuary

    

 

This was a new area for the group to visit. We met at the children's playground at Cargreen where we had a good view of the Tamar Estuary and then went onto Landulph where we walked through the CWT reserve to the seawall at Kingsmill Lake. We were able to make our way along the shore line following the sea wall as the tide was a low high tide.The tide was on it way in and the waders were following it in on the mudflats. The weather was dry and sunny. Altogether we saw just about 40 species - half on the water and the rest in the hedges and woods surrounding the area. We all agreed this was a destination to keep on our itinerary and one to explore further. 

Some of the waders seen were Avocet, both types of Godwit - bar and blacktailed, both Redshank and Greenshank, Curlew, Oyster Catchers and a flock of Dunlin. Ducks we saw included Shelduck, Teal, Wigeon and Mallard. A range of small birds were seen including the Long tailed tit, Chiffchaff and Meadow Pipit and a woodpecker could clearly be heard

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            Shelduck                                  Avocet                                    Redshank                       

           

Oyster Catcher & Redshank                   Godwit                            Black headed Gull                                       

                                

        Long tailed Tit                                 Chiffchaff                           Meadow Pipit       

Photographs by Jasmina Goodair