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            Black tailed Godwit                         Grey wagtail                         Golden Plover


               Little Egret                               Redwing                                        Red Legged Partridge


A small group of us met in Wadebridge and after an initial shower enjoyed a sunny day along the Camel estuary. In the morning we walked along the estuary towards Padstow where we watched waders in particular and then after a warming pasty lunch we crossed the town and followed the river towards Bodmin.

46 species were observed in total. There was a large flock of Golden Plover on the estuary with a few Grey ones amongst them and they gave us several flypasts in the sunshine proving why they are referred to as golden. The local kingfisher gave us two good sightings and we saw several Redwing and a Song Thrush. Other waders included Lapwing, Curlew, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Black tailed Godwit, Redshank, Snipe and Oyster Catchers. There were the expected Gulls, Herring, Black backed and Lesser and Black headed  as well as  Ducks such as Wigeon, Shelduck and Teal.  Also the usual Mute Swans, Heron, Little Egret, Cormorant and Little grebe. The trees and shrubs along the trail harboured many smaller birds such as blue tits, Long tailed tits, sparrows, robins, blackbirds, magpies and starling and more in the open Grey and Pied Wagtails were found with Canada geese and Red legged Partridge.

Photographs by Jasmina Goodair