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Beach Breakfast.

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True to its name Turnstones flipping stone and rocks on the shoreline looking for breakfast. Tiny crabs on the menu today. It is said a Turnstone can turn a rock as big as its own body weight.

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At the beach

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Lots of birds about at Titchfield Haven and Meon Shore today I was able to also enjoy a very low tide and due to bridge repairs on Cliff Road, the road was closed to through traffic making it quieter than usual.

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The Sanderlings were very active as the tide was low and were feeding all along the shoreline. They do not breed in the UK but are a winter visitor and passage migrant in spring and autumn. I expect that soon they will be leaving for their breeding grounds in the high Arctic and once gone I will await their return in autumn after such a long journey for this tiny bird.

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Some of the Starfish I saw yesterday did not survive and became lunch for this Great Black-backed Gull.

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There are a number of Mute Swans about and they are starting to pair up.

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Sadly this Swan, as well as the Sanderlings, were disturbed and chased off by an out of control dog something which is becoming more common.

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Shovelers are a surface feeding duck they have a  huge spatulate bill. Several were about in the Nature reserve on the lakes.

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Avocent’s are starting to return I saw about 6 today.

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Shellduck were also about.

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Sand tubes

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Lanice conchilega are commonly known as the sand mason worm, they are a species of burrowing marine polychaete worm. They build a sand tube which projects from the seabed, with a fringe at the top. The tops of the tubes can be spotted on beaches at low tide. When the tide comes in, they feed using a  crown of tentacles to catch passing particles. They can be found alone or in dense beds of thousands of individuals.

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