A cold, dry morning saw 30 members gather at the Salthouse car park. A Jay was flitting around the play area with two Pied Wagtails and, from the vantage points on Poet’s Walk, Oystercatchers and Redshanks were quickly picked out. Teal, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Shelduck and beautifully camouflaged Turnstones put in an appearance on the mud and rocks. Two Little Egrets graced the inlet at the end of Poet’s Walk with Wigeon and Curlew plentiful. A Kingfisher was seen by some lucky members and a possible Redwing turned out to be a Mistle Thrush. We saw no Redwings and only a couple of Fieldfares. Goldcrests were heard in profusion at one point and to our delight one appeared in the shrub by the side of us, giving good views to newer members. Lapwings were abundant in the field at the far end of the walk and only then did we spot a lone Grey Heron and a Sparrowhawk.
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