All packed and cleared away in Stamford so time to start out on the long journey back to Spain via Belgium. Arriving early at Dover (as instructed because of the expected queues but nothing about!) was asked if we would like to catch the earlier ferry to Calais rather than Dunkirk at no extra charge so gaining 45 minutes. With a Spanish plated car had not the heart to inform the very friendly and helpful ticket clerk that we were actually heading east rather than west. But never mind off we set for Calais with a swell on the Chanel and dense low cloud but, at least, dry. Whilst aboard the ferry Marieke pointed out that she knew a great little wetland site just outside Calais and with no one awaiting our arrival in Belgium we certainly made use of the opportunity, hence our arrival within thirty minutes of disembarking at the Platier d'Oye.
|View of the Platier d'Oye from the large hide|
|Mainly Mallards Anade Azulon Anas platyrhynchos on show|
Driving east for about 1000m to the next hide we passed another White Wagtail and then discovered that the hide itself had been partly destroyed by a recent fire. The small pool behind held a few Greylag Geese and a selection of Mallard and hybrid birds suggesting a domestic collection. On the other hand, we did have a Common Sandpiper working the edge. Checking out the main water from the damaged hide we found a trio of juvenile Shelduck along with Teal and, on the edge, both another Common Sandpiper and a Ringed Plover. In the field beyond we could also see a number of Crow and more Pheasants. But there was also the sight of another hide so on we drove.
|Just the two Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta on site|
Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Mallard, Teal, Pheasant, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Kestrel, Hobby, Moorhen, Coot, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow -legged Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Barn Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow
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