Friday, 22 July 2011

Pectoral Sandpiper

Lade - 0600hrs - cool, cloudy, ne2 - Moth numbers continue to be low due to the chilly northeaster blowing in off the sea; however, Marbled Green was new for the year.Also of note was a vagrant, Plumed Fan-foot on show at the Kerton Road cafe.
The Patch - 0830hrs Plenty of Common and a few Sandwich Terns on the beach, plus a juv YLGull. Black Redstarts on the power station wall and a migrant Grey Wagtail overhead.
ARC - 1400hrs - From Hanson the first 12 Goldies of the autumn were skulking in amongst a flock of c1000 Lapwings. Also, 100 Oystercatchers, 11 Blackwits, 3 Dunlins, 2 Common Sands, 2 Ringed Plovers and a Barwit (also good to see Robin Reliant in the hide).
At the southern end of ARC a much predicted Pectoral Sandpiper was discovered on a small island covered in loostrife. Not great views but all salient field markings eventually noted of this quality passage wader. More Dunlins, LRP`s, Green Sands, Little Stint and roosting Little Gull. The Pec brought forth a decent turn out of locals and RSPB staff (visiting birders should be aware of the dangers of stopping along the causeway road, and that the police have been moving people on). Lets hope the Spoon-billed Sand doesn't turn up here...!

Common Terns, The Patch. Goldie and Barwit and Pec Sand, ARC (apologies for the desperate quality).
NB: Following on from the `tricky Icky` earlier in the week at Dunge. After grilling loads of photos on the web and comparing them to Plodding Birders cracking piccies it has now morphed into a Melodious Warbler. Having seen the bird briefly in the field I was convinced it was an Icky, but it was the tertial length on the pics that swayed it for me. Still a great find though by PB. Oh! the wonders of the Digital Revolution.

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