Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Cornmill Meadows: A dipped Wood Sandpiper

A short trip tonight to Cornmill Meadows after work for another look for the Wood sandpiper.
Having already made a brief visit on Sunday without any luck, Only seeing a single Green Sandpiper and a count of fifteen Lapwings. An added bonus though was the sight of two Kingfishers which flew from the river  onto the fence of the meadows and then back along the river.
Tonight when I reach the hide and peer out through the window it's looking really quiet. Not a single lapwing is present and there's only six Moorhen seen on the first scan.
The second scan reveals a Green Sandpiper feeding in one of the pools and then a second Green Sandpiper appears close by. The meadows stay quiet throughout my visit. 
The walk round the meadows back towards the car produces more butterflies than birds with Red Admiral, Small White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and Large White seen. 
Along the river there are plenty of Banded Demoiselles. There's also a very nice Common Darter seen.
So just the two Green Sandpipers are present, No sign of the wood Sandpiper. Scanning the meadows from all angles doesn't produce the Wood Sand, So I make do with photographing some resident species.
Common Darter

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