With an offer of a free lift to Slimbridge from a non-birding mate this morning, I jumped at the opportunity to twitch the Semipalmated Sandpiper that had been present around high tide all week. Long story short I didn’t see the bird, though a very distant adult winter Little Stint caused a lot of debate for several hours amongst the assembled birders. This is classic i.d. challenge and it was educational to study this bird.
It was dissapointing not to see the target bird, but Slimbridge is a great place and I enjoyed the ‘consolation’ year-tick of 19 freshly returned White-Fronted Geese.
Other highlights were; 2 Little Stint (a juvenile plus the afore mentioned adult), 6 Ruff, 6 Greenshank, a Kingfisher, a Cetti’s Warbler (heard only), a Peregrine, a small flock of Golden Plover and plenty of Snipe, Dunlin and Redshank.
I have some interesting birding planned in the near future, with a trip to India later in the month looking interesting. Keep an eye out for posts on that (and any other birding) in the next few weeks!