Friday, September 21, 2012

Eton Wick Pectoral Sandpiper 20th September 2012

After I finished work at Stockley Park, I drove to Eton Wick Berkshire to see the Pectoral Sandpiper.
Using the details taken from various websites walked along the foot path to view the muddy pool.

Pectoral Sandpiper's muddy pool 
When I got to the muddy pool had a quick look with my binoculars seeing Black-headed Gull, Lapwing, Starling, Woodpigeon, but did not locate the sandpiper, so set up my scope and slowly searched and soon found it feeding close to some Snipe.
Graham Jepson got this nice shot of the juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER present on the flooded pool at Eton Wick also see
As I was in no rush, so I stayed to view this bird, and soon had Teal, Moorhen & Canada Goose feeding in the pool, Magpie, Stock Dove, Collarded Dove in the field. Over the field a Kestrel hunted, & Cetti's Warbler, Robin & Wren were heard close to the brook, & on the brook Mute Swan & Mallard. Then out of nowhere a Sparrowhawk flew into the willow close to where the Cetti's Warbler had been calling from, some of the Lapwings B-H Gulls and loads of Woodpigeons took to the air, the Pectoral Sandpiper stayed put. Then some of the cattle entered the pool making some of the Snipe fly to a different part but the little Pec just kept on feeding. Over head were there were House Martins going through, then everything went up, & a peregrine circled low over the field. Watched it gaining height and drifting away, looked on the pool and the little Pec was still there, slowly the Lapwings and other birds returned, and the Cetti's started calling again. A Cormorant flew over, and a Jay was also seen flying across the field, a Carrion Crow turned up with some toast, it went to the waters edge and soaked the toast before eating it. I then had one last look at the Pec, still feeding, and returned to my car , near the house's Goldfinch and House Sparrows. The Pectoral Sandpiper has moved this years list on to 219.

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