Monday, 18 December 2017

Brownsea Island - Stilt Sandpiper 17/12/17.

Was offered the opportunity to join a trip to Brownsea Island for today and so grabbed  the chance and was on the quay at Sandbanks over looking the harbour mouth mid morning. A smooth ten minute boat journey and a short walk and there we were in the hide over looing the lagoon. The Stilt Sandpiper was quickly picked up from birders in the other hide. A quick walk back and there was the Stilt Sandpiper on show closeby. 

The weather wasn't great with dull over-head conditions and rain at times not providing the best light, However the Stilt Sandpiper showed very well at times right in front of the hide enabling the photos in this post. I have now seen this individual at three different locations within the Poole Harbour area basin of Middlebere, Lychett & now Brownsea Island where I got the best views so far.

I think that this is the first over wintering record of Stilt Sandpiper in the UK and with the Lesser Legs also over wintering not far this is a nice double act to have closeby. 

Other bits today included:

Two Great Norhern Diver's,  Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Barwit, Blackwit, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Avocet, King Fisher, Green Woodpecker, Shag, Cormorant etc.

A big thanks to Marcus L and Paul M for arranging this for me of which it was good to see Marcus again after so long.

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