Saturday, 20 July 2019

Back in the game

Well July has seen me hit a brick wall so far with not a single trip until today. Cricket and family commitments have seen me tied to base camp for three weeks but today I'd planned an escape and with the Jims on board  I headed off to Titchwell in the hope of finding yesterdays Semi-P. Arriving around 8am for the 9am High tide we plotted up in Island hide and scanned.......and scannned.
Fifteen Spoonbill, Spot shanks, Knot, Godwits, Avocet, Dunlin, Ruff all present in good numbers but no sign of the target bird.

Entertaining Pied Wags
News broke of two White-rumped Sandpipers at Frampton and with negative news on the Pacific plover at Breydon we decided to head off to Frampton where we very quickly (almost from the car) got on one of the White-rumped Sandpipers to give the year list a much needed nudge again.
We had good views of the Long-billed Dowitcher in it's summer plumage and then as we watched the breeding Black-necked Grebes with jammed on a Little Stint to finish the day.
Nice to bump into a few of the Bubo listers that sit around me and have a decent chat about progress etc but with positive news of both the Semi-P and the Pacific bird in the afternoon we headed home thinking we'd let a couple slip.

year list now 266


Long-billed Dowitcher
Record shot of the White rumped Sandpiper
Little Stint  record shot
Ruff

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