Sunday, 21 May 2017

Buff Breasted Sandpiper

This week ends plan changed on Friday night as the usual happened we unusual / rare birds "the Friday bunk" this time it was the turn of the Spotted Sandpiper at Belvide to disappear.
But in rolls in plan B and this time its a lifer as well a Buff Breasted Sandpiper had turned up at Burton Mere Wetlands on the Wirral.
So we made plans to go on Sunday as Lesley was working Saturday, with Saturdays rain playing into my hands and probably aiding keeping the bird there off we went.

We didn't hang around the reception hide as usual and walked straight down for the Sandpiper and we were soon put on to the bird by the other birds already there.
It really was a great looking wader and was also kept company by quite a few Black Tailed Godwits, Dunlin and Redshank a nice little batch of waders were on show. The Buff Breasted Sandpiper was Johnny no mates and was always on its own the Godwits didn't actually like it being around them.

Walking back to the reception hide we got a view of a Great White Egret fly over and a single Cattle Egret in the trees.

Back at the reception hide the Godwits seemed in a mood and often squabbled over space, with some quite nasty fights breaking out.

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