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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

13 comments:

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

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

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

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  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 :)

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  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 :(

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  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!!)

    Tricia

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  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. ;)

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

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  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!

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  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.

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

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  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

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