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Monday, 10 September 2018

2 Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the airfield

From one yesterday to 2 Buff-breasted Sandpiper that I stumbled across this evening on the airfield.

  09.30 this morning, Scott Reid found a possible Booted Warbler at the start of the pine belt opposite the gateway into Carn Friars. A few of us arrived shortly afterwards but after nearly an hour I had to get back to work and there was no sign of it. A single Grey, Yellow and 2 White Wagtail came in off the sea while searching for the warbler and nearby I had single Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher and 7 Willow Warbler.
  As Higgo and I returned to me wagon we passed the hides at Porth Hellick and was told by Trevor and Julie that they had just found a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper in front of the Seaward Hide. Sure enough, there it was showing superbly and there were also 2 Grey Wagtail. At the same time, Paul St Piere put the news out to say that yesterdays Pectoral and Baird's Sandpiper were still on Tresco Abbey Pool. He also had a Wryneck by the tennis courts and a Wood Sandpiper on the Great Pool.

Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper just arrived at Porth Hellick with yesterdays individual still present on Tresco

Up to 7 willow Warbler were at Carn Friars

   Later in the day, Bill Pender, Joe Pender's uncle, told me that he had Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the SE end of the golf  at 11.30 this morning! Bill has probably seen more Buffies than all of us put together on the golf course. It was now nearly 16,00 and I had a quick look and only saw 8 White Wagtail and 70+Meadow Pipit. I guessed that the sandpiper has probably returned to the airfield, if it is yesterdays bird.  After work I found myself on the airfield and on the north runway near to the hangers were not one but 2 juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper. No surprise there really and looking at the weather coming in, they will probably increase in the next few days.
  I joined Nigel Bray at Porth Hellick and still the Pectoral Sandpiper was directly in front of the hide. An impressive 100+White Wagtail came into roost with 70+Swallow and a single Sand Martin. 

  On Bryher Will Wagstaff found a Wryneck near to the tennis courts.


The light was spot on!! If you lye down, Buff-breasted Sandpipers will walk all over you and this is what these two juveniles did!! One came at arms length away from me!!  

Over 100 White Wagtail roosted at Porth Hellick

It was almost dark when I took this photo of the juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper in front of the Sussex Hide

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