Sunday, 1 October 2017

Little Stint

Robin and I were watching from Passage House car park early evening, lamenting the relative lack of scarce waders this autumn, when a juvenile Little Stint appeared on the spit; the first patch record since 2015. It proceeded to show well and allowed Laurie and Kev to catch up with it, though none of us had working cameras to hand so the phone-scoped record shots below are the best that could be mustered. Also present were a first-winter Mediterranean Gull, at least one White Wagtail, 15+ Greenshanks, two Common Sandpipers, four Wigeon and singles of Water Rail, Kingfisher, Lapwing and Snipe.

Size comparison with Common Sandpiper

Earlier in the afternoon two Rock Pipits were back on Flow Point and one Sandwich Tern was still in the estuary. Nearby the footpath to Luxton's Steps produced two Kestrels, two Chiffchaffs, two Goldcrests and three Bullfinches, and a Little Grebe was on the pond.

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