Monday, May 07, 2007

Wood Ruff

Eight Ruff and 3 Dunlin, Maxy pits, Cambs, 3.5.07 (digiscope)

Wood Sandpiper, Maxey pits, Cambs, 7.5.07 (digiscope)

I've grilled my 'local patch' at least twice a day the last week or so. It is really just one pit with wonderful wader habitat. The last ten days have seen more than 50 Bar-tailed Godwits, Whimbrel, Grey Plover, Knot, Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Ruff (or 7 Reeves, 1 Ruff), at least 3 Greenshank, at least two Common Sandpiper, about 10 Dunlin (assuming once they go they're replaced by new ones), a minimum of four Golden Plovers (in the nearby field). And since yesterday, a splendid breeding-plumaged Wood Sandpiper. [Also a couple of weeks ago there were a couple of Avocets, and a Spotted Redshank was reported from there yesterday).

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