Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Early morning risers reap benefits of overnight wader arrivals again

This morning was pretty good.

Four BLACK-TAILED GODWITS flew through/off in SSE direction at about 6:15. A COMMON REDSHANK flew in calling, but I could not relocate it again. What sounded like a poorly-heard, quiet WHIMBREL when I first arrived became clear when David B and I got to the hide and I scanned for the Redshank and found a TURNSTONE on the rocks near the Drayton sluice. It sat there for a few minutes before circling round and flying south-west, over the hide, into Bucks at about 6:36. A single Common Sandpiper, three Green Sandpipers and a lone Little Egret were the supporting cast.

Could only find one of the drake Wigeon this morning despite seeing two last week. Startops remains a wader-free zone despite all that mud! (Roy Hargreaves)

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