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Green Sands 2nd Aug

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM

A check of the waders on the salt water pool mid morning produced 2 Green Sandpipers feeding in the far north-west corner, under the radar tower area of mud, a very scarce species for here, which surprisingly is not annual, in fact some years back we hadn't had one for several years, so it was good to see them.

Green Sandpiper Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

Green Sand same bird as above but underwing not looking as black

Not long into watching them they flew to a small hidden pool behind the small patch of reeds, and then up again and out towards the sea, before u-turning and flying straight towards me, I hurriedly got the camera out the bag and managed what I thought might be the only shots I was going to get, as they landed briefly on the small D pool at the back of the reedbed, before flying again towards and past hide A.

I hurried down to the hide and lifted the side flap up gently to reveal the birds starting to feed on the plover scrape, I managed a few shots before one was flushed by a noisy entry into the hide by one of the regulars, luckily the other one stayed for a few more shots and then it flew towards the causeway, were they remained on and off throughout the day, very flighty birds which always seem nervous of staying more than 5 mins.

Green Sandpiper calling Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

Green Sandpiper Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

2 Green Sandpipers Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

Green Sandpiper Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

Green Sandpiper wing stretching Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

Green Sandpiper Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

Another look at the waders and just one ads Curlew Sandpiper seen, with 1000+ Dunlin, 5 Turnstone, 20+ Blackwits and 1 Common Sand.

A new 1sts Med Gull appeared late afternoon, unringed, as well as one Juv, a 2nds and an adw, as well as an ads Little Gull, the first Juv Great Black-backed Gull, and juv Common and Yellow-legged Gulls.

Juv Herring Gull Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

A single Swallow flew south, 1 Sand Martin and 18 Swift on the move.

Mallard having a cool bath during the heat of the day Seaforth NR 2nd Aug 2013

Categories: Seaforth Birding

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