Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Dipped the Broad-billled Sandpiper again

After dipping the Broad-billed Sandpiper at the weekend and seeing it showing well all day yesterday I decided on another go this morning so we set off early and arrived at Orford Quay around 6.30am this morning. I walked over a mile twice up and down the estuary and for my trouble I found Dunlin, Ring Plover, Turnstone, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier, Skylark, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat and Swallows but after four hours had to concede that the Sandpiper was not around. The rain was now falling and the tide almost in so any chance of finding the target had long gone so we set off back down the A12.

On the way down I offered to Jim the chance of trying for a London tick with the Ring-necked Duck on Seventy Acre lake. We walked all the way around and eventually found the bird in the distance from the Bittern Hide. It was right under the bridge separating the two lakes

It remained quite distant but did fly over to the far side possibly disturbed by a school party on the bridge. Jim left pleased with his London tick.

Year list still 257

Ring-necked Duck at Fishers Green

Ring-necked Duck 
Ring-necked Duck
Peacock on guard at the farm

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