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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Thursday, 12 May 2011

A Mega morning

Just a very quick walk round the south lake this morning, and I almost didn't do that.

I topped up the feeders, and had a slow walk round the south. Plenty of Swifts, Swallows, Sand and House Martins over the lake, and in the distance, a Cuckoo calling above the noise of the traffic.

But the big shock, and surprise came as I got to the rowing club.
There on the jetty, was what I thought was a Common Sandpiper at first.

I took a few pictures, and some video, and then thought, 'ang on. It's got spots!'
When I got home and checked, I still couldn't believe it. A Spotted Sandpiper?
Surely not.

A couple of quick posts and pictures, to the local bird club confirmed it.

A mega for here.


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  32


  1. Well Keith, or hairy, you have got it, the Spotted Sandpiper, I've never seen one. Brilliant photos as well.

  2. Thanks Bob. A great find for me, and a lifer too.

  3. Bet you are like a dog with two tails today......what a find. I love the goslings....really good.

  4. WOW, WOW, WOW!! :) What a great find Keith, needless to say I have never seen one. Your lake really does attract some brilliant birds :)

  5. Adrian, I couldn't believe it when I saw it. It's the first ever sighting in Bucks too. I'm still beaming! lol

    Thanks Jan. A great find. It's caused a lot of local excitement this morning. It really is a great lake.
    Shame I have to go to work soon :(

  6. WOW - how fantastic to have one visiting locally and getting a great picture too....

    (Blogger and I have a problem at the moment - my proper name is not appearing!!)


  7. Thanks Tricia. I was dead chuffed with this sighting :)

    Go to your 'dashboard' and 'edit profile', to change your display name back to what it was. Mine got changed earlier. ;)

  8. Wow, I bet you were mega pleased to find this. Great shots. Its a shame i missed it!

  9. WOW..double wow--Well I saw one not long ago but its common for HERE!! Good for you Great PHOTOS of your Mega find!

  10. Thanks for all the comments on this post.
    Unfortunately blogger appear to have lost them while they had a bit of trouble, but the people who got lost;
    Frank - Tricia - Trevor - Amila - Grammie - Graemme - Linkahwai -
    Thank you all for your comments. It was a very special day at the lake; the very first sighting of this bird in Bucks.

    and the two people who blogger didn't lose,

    BC and Sondra ----- Thanks for your comments. A fantastic day at the lake.

  11. Brilliant Keith. Right place at the right time and some perfect photos.

  12. Thanks John. A lucky find. :)

    Thanks Jan. The comments are all over the place at the moment. I changed the header picture,and it went back to the old one. Changed it again lol