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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Swillington Ings Delivers

All thoughts of domestic duties disappeared this am when Dave P invited me on a trip to Swillington for the Little Stint & Curlew Sandpipers.
On arrival it became apparent that despite the bright skies and sunshine Autumn is upon us; Common Terns were down to 5 and we didn't hear any Warblers chuntering. This didn't detract from a great day out and after seeing Dunlin, Snipe & a Ruff DP picked up 3 Curlew Sandpiper through his mighty fine telling scope.

The water levels are really low so it was a real challenge to find waders but we got there culminating with help from a local birder in nailing the Little Stint. We then managed to get satisfactory views of this little gem in our own right, so to speak.

A Greenshank showed well; I've yet to inspect my photos and a Ringed Plover along with a few LRP were seen.
My first Wigeon of the autumn turned up and the Stint was an annual for me. DP got a well deserved annual trio: Curlew Sand, L Stint, Black-necked Grebe.
Hundreds of Lapwing kept taking to the air, GCG, Little Grebe, Gadwall, couple Teal & Shoveler joined the party. Magic Moments methinks.

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