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Resin wrote: Another good day yesterday, this time waders . . . went with several other birders to look for a reported Kentish Plover (the Old World relative of Snowy Plover, from southern Europe), another very rare bird here. A real 'needle-in-a-haystack' job, it took ages searching through over 2000 Ringed Plovers and 1000 Dunlin, but eventually saw it (193).
Then while watching it, an odd small wader appeared next to it, which turned out to be a summer plumage White-rumped Sandpiper (194). Equally rare! And probably a world first of Kentish Plover + White-rumped Sandpiper next to each other.
Also a Curlew Sandpiper in the wader flock, too (195). While not yearticks, 25 Grey Plover in spectacular full summer plumage, and the sheer number of Ringed Plovers and Dunlin, were also good to see.
Pics (not very good!), left to right:
Kentish Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, and a general view of a small part of the flock (Kentish Plover arrowed)