Friday, 9 September 2011

PECTORAL SANDPIPER draws in large crowds.........


Much warmer than of late with the SSW wind freshening up again. Some light drizzle in the wind and mainly overcast conditions, with little in the way of diurnal migration today and a particular dearth of hirundines......

Wilstone's Pectoral Sandpiper really is attracting the crowds with no less than 80 observers passing through today (and this on top of the 100 or so that have already twitched it). The car park is continuously full at the moment......


I did a long stint there today, birding from 1230 to 1600 hours, in the company of many observers including Ian Williams, JT, Mike Campbell, Alan Reynolds, Simon Knott, Jeff Bailey and Samuel Perfect; Andrew Moon and Henry Mayer-Gross appeared on site too late afternoon.

The star performer - the juvenile female PECTORAL SANDPIPER - was putting on an excellent show from time to time, occasionally approaching the jetty to within just 30 yards (see Simon West's outstanding collection of images and that of Alan Reynold's great comparison shot with a Ringed Plover). At one stage when the flock were flushed by one of the Hobbies, the Pec moved for 20 minutes to feed on the mud of the Drayton Lagoon with 7 Ringed Plover. When the flock returned to the bund, the Pec flew close to the hide uttering its distinctive trilling contact call.

New in today were a juvenile LITTLE RINGED PLOVER and a juvenile TUNDRA RINGED PLOVER on the spit, making the latter flock now consisting of 18 birds (6 Tundras). The juvenile LITTLE STINT was still present, along with the 2 ICELANDIC BLACK-TAILED GODWITS (adult summer and juvenile), the juvenile male RUFF, the lone COMMON GREENSHANK and the 3 Common Sandpipers - 9 species of wader in all including the 135 Lapwings.

Two Common Terns were still present as well as the juvenile BLACK TERN (which also made a visit to College Lake this morning).

Of the rest, just 8 Great Crested Grebes, 22 LITTLE EGRETS, 30 Mute Swans, the two adult WHOOPER SWANS, 10 Gadwall, 175 Common Teal, 90 Shoveler, 58 Pochard, 522 Coot, the 3 HOBBIES, juvenile Sparrowhawk, 1 COMMON SWIFT, single flyover Grey and YELLOW WAGTAIL and 4 Common Chiffchaffs.

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