Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Sandpiper Double

Juvenile Montagu's Harrier North Norfolk

After an absence of six days, I managed to refind the White-rumped Sandpiper on the Saturday evening, feeding on the rising tide at the southern end of the reserve. Maybe not that much of a surprise in itself, given the drop off in observers looking, I didnt expect to find a second bird feeding beside it, amongst the same flock of Dunlin! Both adults, it was interesting to note the clear size difference between the two birds (male and female?) A glorious evening, with an excellent support cast of waders, including three Little Stint, one adult Curlew Sandpiper, three Ruff (an uncommon bird at Snettisham) 14 Common Sandpipers, and at least 400 Ringed Plover, all tucked into the one corner of remaining mud. Both were seen again on the next days evening tide, with one bird remaining untill at least the following Wednesday.

The first Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper of the autumn showed up on the 14th and two Juvenile Peregrine were seen together, hunting over the saltmarsh, whilst the garden moth trap year list, eventually broke over the 200 barrier.

Burnished Brass

Oak Bush-cricket

The aptly named Speckled Bush-cricket (enlarge the image to see why!)

An added bonus from the moth trap

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