Friday, 11 April 2014

Britains first Black-winged Stilts of 2014 drop in at Bowers Marsh

News broke today of a couple of Black-winged Stilts making it across the channel and dropping in for a stop at Bowers Marsh so we headed off down there after work. The car park in Church Road was closed so we parked in the approach lane and walked to the main pool on the RSPB reserve where a couple of locals had the two Stilts in view across the far side of the pool. We enjoyed an hour or so watching them and the company of Harry & Barry before passing Lee B on the way out. Great birds to catch as a bonus year tick and whilst not quite up there in mega status with Rutlands Pied-billed Grebe or Flamboroughs Crag Martin they were a nice local evening tick for us.

Two Black-winged Stilts at Bowers Marsh
I think these are the first Stilts to visit our shores this year making the tick a little more special.
Year list now at 179

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