Trip reports

Waders Car Trip

Little ringed plover wading in shallow water

Sunday, 7 August 2016

8 of us turned up on a warm but windy August morning and we set off for our first venue, Blacktoft Sands RSPB reserve. Arriving we saw the ever present Tree Sparrow's that appear to be doing well here. Moving onto the lagoons and reed bed we stated picking up wader species; Lapwing, Black Tailed Godwit, Ruff, Redshank, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank & Green Sandpiper. Other species of note were various Marsh Harrier, including this years juvenile birds, plenty of Little Egret and 1 Bearded Tit.

After a picnic lunch we set off to Broomhill Flash where the substantial new hide was a surprise! Here we added a single Snipe to the wader tally and also saw Kestrel and an assortment of common wildfowl.

On then the short distance to our final venue, Old Moor RSPB reserve. Some very good additional waders were sighted here; 3 Common Sandpiper, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover plus the best wader of the day a very smart juvenile Little Stint. Other birds here were a single Kingfisher and 1 Swift.

The weather had stayed dry and it turned out to be an excellent day out seeking Augusts resident and migrant waders.