Saturday, 17 August 2019

Buff Breasted Sandpiper at Frampton

We tried Frampton on Thursday for the reported Buff-breasted Sandpiper but after four hours we gave up and headed home. I've only seen a couple of Buff Sands before so wanted to give this one another go and so I arranged to meet the Jims this morning and we headed back up the A1 arriving at Frampton for around 7.15am. We scanned hard and after a while I set off to walk the reserve leaving the Jims well placed at the car park should it show. I walked the sea wall finding the Long-billed Dowitcher and enjoying hundreds of other waders including Curlew and Wood Sandpipers. A single Whinchat on the fenceline by the sea wall gave me a year tick before news eventually came out that the Sandpiper had been found. We all gathered on the sea wall and eventually everybody got on the target which showed well but distant.

The place is alive with Sunflowers
Sunflowers in the sun at Frampton


A good addition to the year list and taking my total to 277.

Whinchat at Frampton
Record shot of Buffy (on the grass behind the Spoonies)
Buffy (circled in the centre)
The Sandpiper prefers the short grass banks between the islands but can vanish behind longer grass for a long time. Lots of people having trouble eliminating the young Ruff too when searching for Buffy and they'd do well to apply my rule...If you think you have it, you don't!

Two different Spoonbills, these ones have heads!

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