Saturday, 20 July 2013

Local Mega: CURLEW SANDPIPER at Tyttenhanger

Simon West's images taken this evening

Steve Murray discovered an adult CURLEW SANDPIPER on the Tyttenhanger GP spit this afternoon and within the hour, it was being watched by over 20 observers, including LGRE, Steve Blake, Toby Austin, JT, Chris, Graham Knight, Lucy Flower amongst others. It was a cracking bird, still largely in breeding plumage, and showed well until at least early evening (per Darrell Bryant). According to Alan Gardiner, it was the first in the county since 2007, but that must be discounting the 3 juveniles seen by David Bilcock over Wilstone Reservoir briefly on 2 September 2011.

A juvenile MEDITERRANEAN GULL was also in the Black-headed Gull roost, along with 3 adult Common Gulls, whilst Ringed Plover, LRP, Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper were all noted too.

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