Wednesday 28 October 2020

Wednesday 28th October

No sign of yesterday's briefly seen Baird's Sandpiper. With 341 Dunlin, 34 Ringed Plover, four Sanderling, two juv Little Stint and the juv Curlew Sandpiper present in The Bight on the late afternoon tide, the carrying flock it was with yesterday was evidently present again today, but it was not.  The waders were less disturbed by crows today, which allowed regular checks by the small group of hopeful birders.  Again, little attention was given to the thousands of other waterbirds present and limited counts were c.15 Pale-bellied Brent Goose including the Irish-ringed returning individual, seen here again yesterday, was likely among them. The usual drake Eider and a third-winter Yellow-legged Gull were among c.50 Great Black-backed Gull that roosted on Finger Point.  Some of the 44 Cattle Egret in Eastdon Fields may have ventured into the recording area but no clear record of this has yet been received.  A Merlin again passed over The Bight.

The highlight was a 'AVP' Norwegian-ringed presumed Scandinavian Rock Pipit; details are being requested from the ringer.   Unlike last winter's yellow-ringed bird, today's bird was especially cryptic and more-or-less indistinguishable on appearances to petrosus, and audibly only once or twice was a softer less shrill littoralis-like call heard.

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