Thursday, 8 September 2011

PECTORAL SAND present for its second day


Another fine day - dry but still quite blustery. The wind was SSW and the temperatures have recovered - feeling quite warm this afternoon.


An evening visit in the company of Steve Rodwell, Mike Hirst, Darin Stanley and Darren Thomas..

The juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER was still present on the bund, feeding alongside the Ringed Plovers and other small waders present. Its yellowish legs were seen in much better light conditions today, as well as all of the other salient identification features - Roy confirming that it did indeed have some very light streaking on the sides, a variable feature so it seems. After a Sparrowhawk went on the prowl this afternoon, the Pec cowered and spooked for a while and went missing for nearly two hours. Simon West managed some excellent shots of the Pec during the morning after it approached to within 40 yards of the jetty (see above)

New in today was a juvenile DUNLIN on the bund (Warren Claydon et al), whilst the RINGED PLOVER flock this evening numbered 17 (including the 5 adult TUNDRAS). Both ICELANDIC BLACK-TAILED GODWITS were on the Drayton Lagoon (adult and juvenile) as was the juvenile male RUFF whilst the juvenile LITTLE STINT, 2 GREEN SANDPIPERS, single COMMON GREENSHANK and 3 Common Sandpipers were still all present.

Two Common Terns remained, as did the juvenile BLACK TERN.

Two COMMON SWIFTS were with the 150 House Martins and 57 Sand Martins this evening, whilst the WHINCHAT and juvenile NORTHERN WHEATEAR were in the fields behind Rushy Meadow

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