Thursday, 21 July 2011

21st July Blacktoft Sands

 Juvenile Marsh Harrier.

 Little Egret digi scoped.
 Spoonbills digi scoped.
 Avocet digi scoped.
 Marsh Sandpiper digi scoped.

Went to Blacktoft Sands this PM with Roy, it was great to get out of Calderdale for a change. We first went looking for the Marsh Sandpiper only to be told it had just flown off 2 minutes earlier. 20 minutes later I found it in with a group of 18 Spotted Redshanks and 100s Black-tailed Godwits (a lifer for Roy) and only the 5th one Ive seen in this country. As well as the spot reds and godwits other waders present were Ruff, Avocets, Lapwings, 2 Dunlin, Redshank, 6 Green Sands and 1 Snipe. 2 Bearded Tits were found at the reed bases along with Sedge, Reed Warblers and 4 Yellow Wagtails. 6 Little Egrets were present and the 2 Spoonbills were asleep as they usually are. The highlight for me however were the views of Marsh Harriers imparticular a juvenile which showed really well.

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