Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Pectoral Sandpiper

Picked up Ray and Stuart from Ashford this morning who`re down for a three day bird tour.
Dungeness RSPB - We kicked off in the rain at Burrowes looking for the Pec Sandpiper of which there was no sign. However, there was still plenty of interest with 6 Snipe, 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin and singles of Barwit, Little Stint and Ringed Plover in front of Firth hide, plus Pintail, Wigeon and Little Egret. From Makepiece 4 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Egyptian Geese, several more Ruff and Dunlin and hundreds of Sand Martins over the water driven down by the heavy rain. From the access road Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Stonechat and 2 Wheatears.

                                Snipe and Little Egret

Over the road we had to work to find the Pec. From Hanson hide hardly any waders apart from Little Stint and Ringed Plover, plus Black-necked Grebe, 3 Garganey and 2 Pintail. Also noted Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Water Rail and a Peregrine. From Screen hide 2 Ruff, Dunlin and the usual wildfowl.
Eventually we nailed the Pectoral Sandpiper, at the south end in a mixed flock of 9 Blackwits and 4 Ruffs at around 5pm just as the power station was chucking out!
In summary a wet afternoon was more than compensated for by a decent crop of waders.

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