Monday, 29 January 2018

Stilt Sandpiper - Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch.

(Belated Post)

Having missed the Stilt Sandpiper at Cowards Marsh, Christchurch I was keen to see if it would return or be rediscovered else where. News came out that the bird had been relocated at Stanpit Marsh but news was patchy and that the bird had also gone missing. Then News came out the following day that it had been seen again. 

With this news and the forecast of a dry and bright day for the following day I comitted to give it a go. 

Arrival was cold & windy but as forecast dry and bright. The first hour and half was fruitless but eventualy the bird was relocated on the south marsh at Standpit. At first it was pretty distant feeding out on the marsh but was still ok in through the scope. Then after a while the bird came in closer and then flew to a nearby pool where it foraged, fed and preened in the nice and warming light of late morning occasssionally associating with a Redshank, occassionally being chased off by a pair of Redshank.  

Videos below give you an idea of the viewing conditions on the day and what a smart individual this bird is. Now being seen for the year of 2018 and at its fourth location within Dorset for myself.

Above image shows you the area of the south and north marsh at Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch, Dorset. This was the first time I have visted Stanpit and I thought this to be a really nice spot and easy to get to.

Image below shows you the visitor centre on site and again another site location worthy of future visits combining this with Cowards Marsh and Hengistbury Head.  

Also seen today: 

Spoonbill 1, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Black tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Brent Goose.

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