Friday, 19 August 2016

Cory's Shearwaters + Curlew Sands around Seaton area

It was a pretty busy evening down at Black Hole Marsh. Upon my arrival there were 2 moulting adult Curlew Sandpipers instead of the expected 1, then I spotted another 2 birds coming in and they perched up near to Island Hide - juveniles this time. 4 in total - perhaps even more tomorrow?

Half an hour later, Brendan Sheils & Hannah came into the hide and said they'd had 2 Cory's Shearwaters off Seaton Beach! Cory's is a patch mega with no solid records according to Phil Abbott, so this was gripping stuff. I sent a message out to the locals and I gather that Ian Mc connected with a Cory's; hopefully tomorrow will yield some decent birds too... That Black-browed Albatross would be perfect!

2 adult Curlew Sandpipers

2 juv Curlew Sandpipers amongst Dunlin & Ringed Plover

2 Oystercatchers scared off all the small waders except the 2 ad Curlew Sands - they braved it out!

Little Stint showing rather well!

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