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Solitary Sandpiper 2nd October

Posted by meg33 on October 2, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Well Keith picked me up at half seven for day in South Cumbria, Firstly trying for Hawfinch at Sizergh Castle with no luck, Although Marsh Tit was nice. So we moved onto Carr Bank to see if the Buff breasted Sandpiper was still around, unfortunately it wasn't but 2 Pec Sand a Curlew Sand and 2 Little Stint were giving good Scope views. Then it Came on someones Pager that a Solitary Sandpiper had been found at Nateby in Lancashire, seeing as this was a lifer for us both and only half hour away we made our speedy journey to the site, paid our 4 Quid and joined the handful of birders. The Solitary Sand was showing at 40x through the scope so it wasn't the best views but all id features were seen, most importantly the strikingly marked tail area. 1st record for the Northwest!

The numbers of Birders built up so it was time to leave.  Best shot i could manage it was a long way off and pouring down.

Solitary Sandpiper

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We Stopped off at Leighton moss walking down to the Public hide, a Bearded  Tit was heard and a couple more Marsh Tits were showing well. From the hide very little. Lunch at the cafe was very nice.

So onto The Eric Morecambe hide  where it was great to see 3 Spotted Redshank and 2 Curlew Sandpipers up close. Also Little egrets and the usual Suspects. Finished back at Carr bank but nothing new. a superb Day with my first UK lifer for a while.

Curlew Sandpiper

Spotted Redshank

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