As we landed the first bird seen was a Little Ringed Plover which flew over calling. We took a look on the first lagoon where there were a few summer plumage Dunlin, 2 Turnstones and plenty of Redshanks. Looking at further lagoons we encountered good numbers of Sandwich Terns and a larger number of Common Terns. Some of the latter were still feeding quite small chicks. I was fascinated by the number of canes and tunnels put in place to protect the birds from predation.
|Common Terns nesting|
|Protection measures for nesting terns|
Another practical conservation effort noted was the array of artificial Spoonbill nests erected to encourage these birds to nest. At least nine Spoonbills were standing beneath the nests.
|Artificial Spoonbill nests|
Other waders noted were 16 Whimbrel, a few Black-tailed Godwits and over 100 Avocets. On our way back to the reserve centre we were pleased to find a juvenile Black Redstart.
The last act on the island was to photograph the very approachable Brown Hares now famous from their appearance on BBC Countryfile. Thanks Kieron it was a great experience and my first visit to Havergate for well over 25 years.