Grey plovers (my own personal favourite) breed in the high Arctic - our winterers come from the Russian breeding populations, which nest up on the tundra, but birds that breed in the arctic wastes of North America will spend winter months as far away as South America and Australia.
Mournful-looking - grey plovers Picture: JOHN DEMPSEY
A number of flocks of grey phalaropes migrating eastwards were observed from the ship, and flocking of grey plovers was reported from the tundra.
Grey phalaropes, grey plovers, and knots were seen migrating eastwards past the ship.
For VIPs, read light-bellied Brent geese, barnacle geese and pink-footed geese as well as wigeon, grey plovers and bar-tailed godwits.
Light-bellied Brent geese, barnacle geese and pink-footed geese are joined by wigeon, grey plovers and bar-tailed godwits as the other VIPs at this coastal 'hotel', where all their favourite food is laid on
Doing better than our butterflies, a young marsh harrier flapped up and down the edge of the Ribble estuary, spooking curlews and grey plovers
, some pristine in full summer plumage The young creamcrowned raptor seemed cumbersome in flight, lacking the elegance of adult birds, and looked like it could have learnt a few hunting lessons from Marbury's sprawk population.