Sunday, 18 September 2011
we arrived at Pennington marshes in hope of see a Bairds sandpiper and we were not disappointed with in 5 minutes of arriving we had the small wader in are sightings the america wader was noticeable smaller than the dunlin it was with, the long primary projection and scaly pattern were noted ,we watched it for about 10 Min before it flew of towards shoveler pools .we headed over to try and relocate it but there was no sign . we did see grey plover 1 in summer plumage still a couple of Wheatears and a smart kingfisher .
on the way back to the car we had some cracking views of a Wryneck sitting out on top of a bush for 20 mins .
before it flew past us and landed in some grass dad managed to relocate it before it flew again. then on the way to the car we saw the Bairds sandpiper again in the same pool as before but this time we had prolonged views a kestrel flushed it but it soon settled back down and at one stage the wader was up to with in 15 foot of us amazing .
grey phalarope which seemed to stick to the same piece of water this was are second bird for Hampshire .over bird noted were 1 curlew sandpiper 1 bar tailed godwit stacks of dunlin and ringed plovers a couple of Med gulls 3 common terns Greenshanks and are second kingfisher of the day.
on the way home we stopped at thorny island in hope of seeing the juv Sabine's gull but there was no sign but we did have are 3rd kingfisher of the day 1 common sandpiper another couple of Wheatears and about 5 yellow wagtails amongst the cattle .
, well not a bad days birding.