Saturday, 30 August 2014

Wader Fest

The Shibdon wader fest continues. I looked up from the Pectoral Sandpiper this morning to see 8 Spotted Redshank dropping in. Almost annual in Gateshead in ones or twos, but this, I think, the first ever flock. The birds quickly moved and 7 were showing well from the duck-feeding area for the rest of the day. Other waders were 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 5 Snipe, 120+ Redshank and 200+ Lapwing. A Kingfisher zipped through.

Spotted Redshank
7 of 8 Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank in flight
Pectoral Sandpiper
Pec in flight
Green Sandpiper
Lamesley continues to disappoint, with just a Wigeon new today.

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