Sunday, 24 November 2019

Buff B's at Davidstow - September 2019.

Buff-Breasted Sandpiper adult - Davidstow airfield, Cornwall - September 2019

During September 2019 news came through of an adult Buff B at Davidstow airfield, Cornwall, without further a do I was checking the route and decided to head off that evening, the reason I was so keen to move on a Buff B of which I have seen very many since the first I saw, an adult in July 1986 at Cley was because during 2017 I was hoping for a Buff B or two to turn up at Davidstow but I didn't make it down that way as I pretty certain it was a blank year at Davidstow for Buff B's during 2017. That evening Stevie B rang me to see if I wanted to join him for the Brown Booby in Cornwall, I decided not to go for the Brown Booby as I have seen several in the WP previously and so I wanted to just enjoy the Buff B moment at Davidstow. it had been a long time since I was last at Davidstow airfield and just after first light I arrived on site to a very blustery but dry morning. An initial search of the area didnt bode well as no sign bt shortly after around 09.00 there was the adult Buff B foraging in the grass verge of the runway. Stevie B turned up later after securely bagging the Brown Booby and we settled in and enjoyed this Buff at close range. We left the cars all going for the pincer movement and as we sat by the old derelict building having a cuppa a lone wade flew in closely and landed right infront fo us, we looked around and saw that there was no other cars insights nearby so we just allowed this individual to feed up close by as it walked right in front of the car. Job done, Steve decided to move on and head back to the south east whilst I stayed on site until late afternoon, overnighted locally and returned the following morning for a few hours during the morning to get some of this great bird before I decided to get back on the road by 10.00 and the next stop was Dorset. 

As the days and weeks rolled in more Buff B's were located at Davidstow with 4 being the highest count I can recall, then when news of a juvenile being present I couldn't resist a second run but this time the Misus decided to join me and we set off early from Dorset and as dawn broke on a Sunday morning we were treated to another close showing by yet another Buff B but this time a nice fresh juvenile. Also present a faded juv Curlew Sandpiper, several Dunlin and Ringed Plover and by 10.00 we were back on the road be in Lyme Regis for lunch. These two Buff B's took my British & Irish tally to over 40 individual Buff B's and still can't tire of them and i'm still prepared to travel for them. 
Buff-Breasted Sandpiper adult - Davidstow airfield, Cornwall - September 2019
Buff-Breasted Sandpiper juvenile- Davidstow airfield, Cornwall - September 2019
Curlew Sandpiper juvenile, Davidstow Airfield-Cornwall - September 2019

Buff-Breasted Sandpiper juvenile - Davidstow airfield, Cornwall - September 2019

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