Buff-breasted Sandpiper reappears

21st September 2012 – sunny spells NE4/3
The juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper put in another appearance mid-morning this time in the flooded fields at Snab Point. Please view only from the road and do not enter the private fields.
Grounded Migrants
Still rather spartan fare with just 2 Wheatear and single Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest logged.
Diurnal Migration
The best movement of the autumn so far with observations (0800-1000) producing 1500 Meadow Pipit, 865 Pink-footed Geese, 205 Swallow, 60 Starling, 22 alba Wagtail, 21 Skylark, 7 House Martin, 2 Lesser Redpoll and the first Whooper Swan of the autumn.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wigeon numbers are now beginning to build and waders included 3 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
At least 8 Little Egret remain along the eastern shore.
A record shot of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, unfortuately it it a heavily cropped image of a distant bird. However, you can just about make out the pale eye ring, spotted sides to the breast and long primary projection!.