Campfield Marsh RSPB - 26th August 2009

A little off the beaten track is a little of an understatement, it seemed to take as long to get to this out of the way RSPB site from the M6 as it did to travel up the M6 from home. The drive there brought great views of the Solway estuary and I’m sure on a good day there would plenty to see if we knew where to stop. The site is quite a walk so with time not on our side we decided to just take a look from the hide and see what the sea views brought us. On the walk up to the hide there are various view points and with a brief stop at them all we didn’t see much, I’m sure this isn’t usual for the site and on a better day when the weather isn’t so miserable there should be plenty to see. From the hide we weren’t disappointed when soon after we sat down c100 Lapwing took to the air as a Peregrine flew over and landed in the distant trees. We watched the Peregrine for about 20 minutes before it flew off towards the masts. On the marsh it apart from the Lapwing there were Greylag, Teal and Mallard.

Down on the shore were c50 Curlew, Black-headed Gull, Cormorant, Lapwing, Oystercatcher and c50 Redshank. There’s a small pool where amongst the Lapwing I spotted a Bar-tailed Godwit, a first for both of us. Reece spent his time looking for both Golden and Grey Plover but neither showed for the hour and half we spent watching the coastline.

I have heard the area is good for sea watching but not quite sure the best time and place to go. If anyone knows the area we’d be more than appreciative if you could get in touch via email or a comment

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