Sunday, 14 September 2014

Pectoral Sandpiper at Minsmere

Deciding to head for Suffolk again this morning, hoping to grab some views of the Barred warbler at Thorpeness.
Arriving on site around 7.30 we found two other birders present, one seawatching and the other looking for the warbler. Both had been present from first light.
There had been no sign of the bird so far this morning , after searching for over two hours and with plenty of birders joining us in the search we had still had no luck.
We decided to head off to Minsmere and hope for better luck locating the Pec Sandpiper.
After reaching the five bar gate it was another 3/4 mile walk to the pool. The bird was found instantly feeding among the short vegetation. A very smart looking juvenile bird.

Pectoral Sandpiper

On the walk back we met plenty of birders who had been at Thorpeness searching for the warbler, none had any luck locating it, Nearing the car park the pager reports that the Barred Warbler is showing again!
We decide to give it another try. But again we drew a blank, with only the occasional Dunnock, Whitethroat, Robin and Blue Tit seen feeding among the favoured areas.

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