Saturday, July 16, 2011

Wader extravaganza!....

After finally finishing my week of nights,and after a quick hours kip this morning,i headed for Blacktoft Sands RSPB in East Yorkshire.I had of course travelled today to try and see again,Tuesday's Marsh Sandpiper.After arriving and a brief encounter with a not very helpfull RSPB warden!,i made my way down to Singleton hide enjoying superb views of 2 2nd cal yr. Spoonbill's,9 Little Egret,6 Marsh Harrier,50 Black-tailed Godwit,Greenshank,Common Sandpiper and 2 summer plumaged male Ruff(1 of which was colour-ringed),but sadly no sign of the Marsh Sand.By this time it was torrential rain and myself along with a couple of other birders were stuck,but thankfully the Marsh Sand flew in straight past us and out of view,at least it was still here!.This theme continued as it was pretty flighty,but we all managed prolonged,excellent views from 'First Hide',being seen in the same scope views as Garganey,Wood and Green Sands,simply superb!and made up for the brief views on Tuesday morning at Alkborough.Also enjoyed here were the afore mentioned Green and Wood Sands,with 7 of the former and 2 of the latter being seen and on more than one occasion,feeding together,allowing a superb comparison of both species feeding alongside one another.Also seen while sat in the hide here were 11 flyby summer plumaged Spotted Redshank and the lovely Garganey,which looked like an eclipse male,but i couldn't be 100% sure as i didn't see the wing pattern,although it did have quite a strong head pattern!.A brilliant 3 hours around the reserve,albeit a bit of a soaking in between hides,but it was well worth it!!.

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