Yesterday, the Eggheads were asked what a Turnstone was (they correctly answered "A bird!"). Today, on Pointless, if either of the finalists had recognised the photo of a Wigeon, they would have got the lowest-scoring 6-letter bird (they didn't!).
First thing yesterday morning the light on the pool in front of Yarmouth Mill was wonderful, and highlighted a number of different bird species that were feeding in the north-eastern corner. On the video below are Turnstone (watch it flick over a relatively large rock as if it was a tiny stone!), several Wigeon (they're the beautifully plumaged ducks!), Ringed Plover (the first species) and Chaffinch...
Just 50 metres away was this small group of Dunlin feeding in the shallows:
The British Trust for Ornithology website informs us that: 'Three races occur in Britain, one of which schinzii breed here, but winter in west Africa; alpina birds from western Siberia winter here, whilst small numbers of Greenland breeders (arctica) pass through in the autumn', which means that these birds will start heading north-west towards Siberia soon....amazing or what!!