There were at least 3 Greenshanks on the Western Yar Estuary this morning.
These two Greenshanks were at Kingfisher Bridge (the same place as the Common Sandpiper yesterday). The darker one is almost certainly a juvenile. Notice how it continually gives out its strident 'tew tew tew' call. Before I left the Bridge the lighter individual was calling, too, its call being softer and not so deep.
These two Ruddy Turnstones were foraging in a party of four close to the Yarmouth road bridge. One of them has still got some of its beautiful tortoiseshell breeding plumage. I love the way in which they headbutt the fronds of wrack aside to get at the tasty invertebrates beneath....no messing!
"Let the sky rain potatoes;
let it thunder to the tune of Green-sleeves,
hail kissing-comfits and snow eringoes [sea-holly],
let there come a tempest of provocation..."
It felt a bit like that in the wind today!