Saturday, 13 August 2016

Wood Sandpiper & Sparrowhawk

A check of Black Hole Marsh in the evening of the 11th yielded nothing new initially but then I heard a very recognisable call and tracked it to a Wood Sand - presumably a different bird to the recent long stayer due to the prolonged absence of the original bird. Now all we need is another 32 ish to match the total from last year...

Ian Mc found a Knot on BHM early evening on the 12th but it had gone by the time I got there at around 18:30. It was nice to see that the Wood Sand from the previous evening was still there though. 2 Green Sands were also still present, along with 15 Ringed Plover and 16 Dunlin. The tide on the estuary was low at this time so there may well have been more waders on the river. A fly by from a gorgeous Sparrowhawk caused temporary havoc amongst the waders too, although the hawk didn't seem to attack anything but just do a very low fly through!

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