Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Dungeness - 0900hrs - warm, dry and sunny, e2 -A seawatch from the hide for an hour delivered a couple of flocks of Brents totalling 55, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Arctic Skua, 10 Gannets, 20 Sandwich Terns, 10 Common and 1 Arctic Tern. Astonishingly, a Great White Egret flew east, but was quite likely the one from the bird reserve doing a tour of the Peninsula. A few passerines over included Mipts and Skylarks, plus Wheatear, Grey Wagtail and Black Redstart around the Old Light. There was no sign of the Glaucous Gull at the boats.
Lade Pits - 1130hrs - Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher here plus a few Chiffchaffs in the bushes.
ARC - 1330hrs - The second Buff-breasted Sandpiper of the autumn was located on one of the weed covered islands and eventually showed quite well. Also, Knot, Golden Plover and Lapwings here and the Goosander. We looked again for the sandpiper later on in the afternoon, but to no avail.

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