Wednesday 11th May

Yesterday's massive wader-fest (I've still not had a proper chance to go through all the photos) lead to quite a few visiting birders today which was most useful as there was quite a turn-over in birds throughout the day. Top billing today goes to a new BAR-TAILED GODWIT, a different winter-plumage bird from yesterday's one, though it didn't linger and was gone by late morning. Also noteworthy were a total of two WHIMBREL - a fly-over seen by Ewan Urquhart and another which landed (albeit distantly) was reported by Tom Wickens. This is a much-anticipated year tick - I'm very pleased to get it on the list even if I didn't see it myself.

Peak counts for the rest of the waders were (thanks to Ewan, Tom, James Evry & Keith Clack)

16 Greenshank
3 Redshank

47 Ringed Plover
1 Little Ringed Plover

22 Dunlin
6 Common Sandpiper
4 Oystercatcher
2 Shelduck
1 Common Tern
1 Little Egret

Some of the Greenshank, taken a couple of days ago by Pete Roby

Data: HBLA & vv.
Data: HBLA & vv.

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