Thursday, 20 June 2013

Buff Breasted Sandpiper Cemlyn 20/6/13

This lunchtime my colleague, Dawn was shown photographs of a small wader out on the 'Trwyn', the headland to the west of the bay at Cemlyn. She couldn't identify it, and after some hectic phone calls and rushing round the lagoon, I managed to see the photos taken by a non-birder. Summer plumaged Buff-breasted Sandpiper, very approachable on the short turf on the headland! The bird was photographed at noon, but by two o clock there was no sign of it. I've checked the whole reserve this afternoon in suitable habitat, but no luck. Carmel Head or Wylfa Head are other two likely sites worth checking. I'm being emailed the photos later this evening so will put them up later I hope.

Thanks to Mr Peter Holmes for supplying these photos to us. Unfortunately the bird was only seen by Mr Holmes, and despite a thorough search not seen here again. It chose the most disturbed area of the reserve to feed on! Check those golf courses and grazed headlands locally!

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