28.07.12. Birdlog (Buff-breasted Sandpiper)

28.07.12. Birdlog.

Adult and juvenile Little Ringed Plover, c1,000 Black-tailed and a single Bar-tailed godwit, 1 Knot, 1 Avocet, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 1 Common Sandpiper, 400 Dunlin and a juvenile Cuckoo all on or about No 6 tank.

At 11.00 am Roger Wilkinson found a small wading bird on No 6 tank which he drew  to the attention of WSM, who was able to identify the bird as a Buff-breasted Sandpiper. The larger than Dunlin sized wader was watched for 30 minutes before it took to the wing and moved to the far side of the tank. Shortly after it returned for a brief period before flying strongly out to the same area and was not relocated. Presumably  relocated at tea time until 7.00pm as reports from Birdguides.

A Nuthatch, juv Great Spotted Woodpecker and 10 Greenfinch were watched in  Godscroft Lane area.

Observers: Paul Crawley, Frank Duff and WSM et al.

Buffy the Sandpiper Stayer. Image by Paul Crawley.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (upper bird) and Dunlin. Note the dark half crescent on the underwing of the BBS. Image by WSM.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper with Dunlin, No 6 tank. Image by WSM.