Sunday, 20 September 2015

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

This morning's seawatch at Whitburn was interrupted by Graham who announced that he had found a Buff-breasted Sandpiper in the ploughed field just south of the obs. Out we trooped and got distant scope views as it fed in the middle of the field with a few Ringed Plover and for a few seconds sharing a scope view with a Mediterranean Gull. By this afternoon it had moved to the western edge of the field, allowing excellent views and photos.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

The seawatch was better than expected with Sooty Shearwater, Pomarine & Arctic Skua. The first Pink-footed Geese of the autumn headed south, with over 100 distant birds.

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