Monday, 14 June 2010

Chelmarsh - Wood Sandpiper returns??

Almost a year to the day, a Wood Sandpiper is present (has returned?) to Chelmarsh scrape! Without a ring to prove the matter, we'll never know for sure but it was with a feeling of 'deja vu' as I watched it feed in the same manner as the 2009 bird. Slowly completing an anticlockwise circuit of the scrape, into the running water before being sent packing by a Moorhen to start all over again!






The bird was first noted on Saturday apparently but news is often slow to emerge from this site.... Never mind, at least it had the decency to stick for me! The highlight of this visit after work Monday evening was two fairly close passes on it's circuit of the scrape, (given the poor light). Here's a few representative shots.....












Picking up a worm or two....






A wingflap.....






What's next? The sleepy mid Summer months may well produce something special!

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