Thursday 2nd August: Wood Sandpipers & Med Gull

Another excellent evening visit with plenty of waders to look at, almost all in the North Channel. Firstly the second WOOD SANDPIPER is back (perhaps he was just hiding yesterday) - this pair has been around for almost a week now so they're obviously enjoying the wonderful conditions on the floods. The two REDSHANK were still about and today's COMMON SANDPIPER count had gone up to a fabulous 10 birds with a single GREEN SANDPIPER still. There was one RINGED PLOVER and a couple of LITTLE RINGED PLOVERS hiding along the shoreline. New in today and adding a bit of variety were three GREENSHANK (two juveniles and an adult) but the highlight of the visit was the presence of a huge whisp of 44 SNIPE all dotted along the southern shore of the North Channel. I have had larger counts of this species on the Meadow (once approaching 100 birds!) but it was still quite a sight to see. There were just a couple of DUNLIN left over from the recent large flock and to round it all off there was one juvenile MEDITERRANEAN GULL in the roost this evening. The Meadow is certainly enjoying some good waders at present, perhaps making up for such a poor spring passage. Long may it continue!

A rather gloomy video grab of some of the snipe

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