Sunday, July 31, 2011

The last week has been a very busy one for us with the other staff on holiday and lots of Manx Shearwaters to monitor. During the day we have been continuing to ring, measure and weigh the Manxie chicks and during the night we have been ringing and recapturing hundreds of adult birds. The Corncrake's bizarre calls have been a constant but very welcome accompaniment to the nighttime. But with only four or five hours sleep each night we've worn ourselves out and, with the return of the other staff, it's time for our holiday. Nothing stressful, a relaxing break with friends and family. So today we spent over four hours in the car and went chasing some fantastic waders!

First stop was Blacktoft Sands for the stunning moulting adult Marsh Sandpiper that has been hanging around since the 12th July. There are some amazing photos out there but during our time the light was poor and the bird slightly distant for the 400mm lens. Through the scope the views were stunning! This amazingly delicate Tringa is on its way from breeding grounds in Eastern Europe to Africa or way down in the Middle East. From here we headed to Saltholme for rather into the sun views of Semipalmated Sandpiper and Temminck's Stint. (c) Richard Brown

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