Friday, 9 September 2011

In pursuit of Pectoral Sandpiper

I was working yesterday,so Pauls text last night  saying he had a lifer pleased me.
This morning Paul took me to see the bird however it was somewhat distant which was
disappointing fron a camera perspective,but good not to dip.
My first record of this north american vagrant was at Marazion marsh in 1976 and another at
Startops or Marsworth in the eighties.
At the moment we were viewing Pec sand, little stint a number of ringed plovers some of the tundrae
race according to Lee Evans,also of note black tern obliged ,yellow wagtail and common sandpiper.
The photo is by Simon West as mine were to distant ,Lewis got a digi scope job picture pending.
Long distant viewing of the Ringed Plovers without a scope was difficult to see the differences for
Tundra sub species,managed a distant shot perhaps Lee could confirm what this individual is, many
thanks in anticipation.Thanks to Sharpy on arrival for the use of his scope be it briefly,he left early to search for his black an white cat ,last seen at the sorting office.
A passage of hirundines were passing through mostly sand martins and the odd house.
Tring reservoirs always a pleasure thanks for the show and my chauffeur Lewis.

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