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Aldcliffe Marsh - 12th Jan

Posted by Pete Crooks 
Aldcliffe Marsh - 12th Jan
January 12, 2005 03:16PM
Aldcliffe Marsh 1200-1230 hrs (10m tide)

12+ Rock Pipits between the parking area and the 'bay' c.500m to the south, but sub-specific identification not possible in strong winds

Also 1 1st.W. Little Gull.

Pete Crooks, Mike Robinson
Eddy Bayton
Re: Aldcliffe Marsh - 12th Jan
January 12, 2005 04:30PM
Serves me right for arriving too late at 1.30pm. It was a nice rat though.
Jon Carter
Re: Aldcliffe Marsh - 12th Jan
January 12, 2005 06:36PM
It's worth noting that the area that the rock pipits were in today is consistently the best area for these birds, and water pipit has been seen here almost annually for several years.
Naturally, high tide forces them out of the channels that they tend to feed in and often allows for close scrutiny as they feed around, and land upon, the fence posts, floating trees etc.
This is also a good place for jack snipe.
Jon

Good number of Rock Pipits here again today(Jan 13) Jon, (P Crooks and P Woodruff). Are these numbers new for the area?

Pete Woodruff.
Jon Carter
Re: Aldcliffe Marsh - 12th Jan
January 14, 2005 10:27AM
Pete W,

Every winter at some point or other (almost always at very high tides) larger numbers of rock pipit appear in this area, and another area of saltmarsh about 100m south of the picnic tables at Stodday.
Up to half a dozen are always present in the area but with very few places to feed during exceptional tides, this relatively calm 'bay' presumably offers not only shelter but also loads of flotsam for finding food amongst.
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