Sunday, 8 July 2012

Wood Sandpiper

A little late night bonus blog here.... 

When a Wood Sandpiper flew into the pools on the South Plateau at Dusk, an island twitch was on. 

I managed to locate the Lowlighters and then run up Palpitation Bray to locate Mark who I'd seen at at Sheep Well from about 20 minutes before from the other side of the Loch. It was an Isle of May 'tick' for him.

We all managed to see the bird well. Hopefully the bird will be still here in the morning so we don't have to look at it in the half light.

Wood Sandpipers are a scarce passage migrant in the UK. They are a reasonably common breeding wader in Boreal forests in Scandinavia. This is only the 24th for the Isle of May though the last record was only in 2010.It is also the earliest autumn record for the island. The bird that was seen today was a moulting adult.

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