After asking on the Upton thread of the Birds Forum where would be the best place to try out some new Binoculars for Tina we took the advice and went down to the Birders Store in Worcester and came away a few pounds lighter!
Have to say though Brian at the shop was really helpful and we are very happy with our purchases! Yes plural... we saw a great offer on a scope, tried it out and the rest is history!
So as we had to drive back virtually past Upton it would have been rude not to drop in. We toddled down to the Flashes and settled down for 45 minutes in the Avocet hide to see of course the last few Avocets, just 7 left now of the 60 or so that were there (adults & youngsters) at one time:
There were plenty of Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing and Curlew about, plus a few Dunlin, Greenshank and Little Ringed Plover. Not many Black Headed Gulls now (Thankfully as we do find their constant noise a bit wearing!):
So a nice short stopover on the way home