Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Least Sandpiper

What an incredible start to August on Black Hole Marsh!  This exquisite adult Least Sandpiper delighted many by still being present this morning, a first for the patch...








And a (very) short video...




This appears to be roughly the 51st record of Least Sandpiper in the UK, and the sixth (or maybe fifth?) for Devon (the two Lundy records seem very similar and close together, but are listed as two separate records?).  The most recent of these records was a bird at Thurlestone Marsh in Aug/Sep 2005, prior to that you have to go back to 1966!

So that's why Mr Bailey Junior was so happy this morning...

6 comments:

  1. Legs look lovely and bright against the mud in the 5th pic! If only it was that clear on the first evening ha. Good stuff & nicely spotted this morning.

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    1. Mud is always an issue with pale legged waders, as shown by many photos of the Least Sand today. Better light made them look almost orange though!!

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  3. Both Lundy birds were trapped.

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    1. Hi Brett. I just found it odd that in the space of a few weeks two seperate Least Sands were trapped and ringed at the same place. I wondered whether somewhere along the line a date had been incorrectly changed and it's ended up appearing as two different records instead of one. I will ask the Lundy recorders. ATB

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  4. Great bird and amazing pictures!

    Martinreybirdwatching

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