Sheila and I headed up to Saltholme just to do a bit of birding from Phil Stead hide. I was hoping for close views and photos of a wood sandpiper. I'd seen lots this year already but Phil Stead hide seemed a good bet for a really close encounter. That was not to be, however. Three greenshanks were present too and one of these liked to potter about unbelievably close to the hide. I've never been so close to any wader as we were to this bird. A real close encounter!
Wood sandpiper,snipe and moorhen first...you'll get an idea of how shy the woodsand was...
The following day we headed out in the afternoon to North Cave to see if the wood sandpipers were still about. They were.
The photos are mainly of wood sandpipers but, if you look carefully you may spot a few green sandpipers, common sandpipers, an eclipse garganey and a rabbit!
I was up and dressed and filling bird feeders, feeding the pond fish when Sheila came rushing out of the house. She had been disturbed, barely awake, by my pager's siren going off for a local mega. A little bustard near Swillington Ings at Mickletown Ings. Somehow she managed to organize me and send me on my way so that I got there before the masses - about 8 locals there plus Lee Evans who had obviously had an overnight tip-off.
Distant record shots but very welcome, nonetheless! UK #438
Later that day I popped down to Blacktoft. I've spent so long on this posting I'll just paste the photos in the order I took them. Lots of spotted redshanks, ruff, marsh harriers, spoonbills. you may even spot a shoveler and a garganey.