21 September 2011

American waders on Weobley saltmarsh

Pectoral Sandpiper
Following up on Chris Brewer's report of some interesting waders at Weobly, Mark Hipkin and myself set off over the marsh this morning with a little bit of optimism, but not that much to be honest given the vastness of the search area. After seeing nothing but Wheatears for most of our trek, we were amazed to find a Pectoral Sandpiper, a White-rumped Sandpiper and a Curlew Sandpiper exactly where Chris had told us he'd seen his two odd birds. Also in a nearby pill was a Great White Egret and a Little Stint also put in a brief appearance. Not to be outdone, Neil Edwards found a Buff-breasted Sandpiper in exactly the same spot this afternoon completing a hat-trick of trans-Atlantic waders on the Burry - a truly unprecedented event in our area and certainly a day I'll be talking about for years to come!
Pectoral Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

must never forget my bins again...schoolboy error.ha!ha!hope they hang around.cheers chris