It was nice to get to Black Hole Marsh early evening after having to neglect birding yesterday. Upon first glance there were 3 Little Stints, 6 Ruff and a Curlew Sandpiper showing. A 4th Little Stint arrived, flying in with 3 Dunlin before joining the others and that was as good as it got.
It would be nice to get a few more join them; there are some double figure counts of Little Stints in places in the UK at the moment and I've never seen more than 5 at any one time since I've been birding here. We have had bigger numbers of them locally in the past (reports from Phil, I think) but this was yonks before I was into birding or maybe before I was born.
Below are a couple more snaps of the Grey Phalarope which seems to have now left us. It was an aggressive bird, repeatedly chasing off Redshank and the Curlew Sandpiper.
|This Green Woodpecker regularly shows well near the BHM car park area|
|1 of the 6 Ruff|
|2 of the 4 Little Stints|