Sunday, 23 September 2012


 After yesterday's fall of Yellow-broweds (around 80 birds on Shetland), I was a bit fired up for this morning to get some more eastern stuff on the patch, but it wasn't to be - the place was empty, everything seemed to have cleared out last night. I persevered looking in empty bushes and birdless thistles and as a last resort, went out on the headland to check the pools to see if the Little Stint was still around (it wasn't), at this point a smallish wader came and flew north over me and I was pretty sure it was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper ! After a bit of searching, the bird settled down with a Sanderling on the small pool and allowed quite close views until it was flushed by a Merlin and buggered off high to the north. 

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

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