photo (slightly edited) by are newest patch recruit Jeff Wood..nice one!
June - 1 species added (total - 131), that being Green Sandpiper
You can see what I mean when I say most patchers (old school) would have hung up their bins by now. A paltry one species and I did look honest. One of twelve Green Sands on the mud at Haydn's Pool.
August - 2 species (total - 136)
highlights what an understatement.. STILT SANDPIPER!!!! and a wee flock of Ruff.
I get a casual text via the patch grapevine ''probable Curlew Sand on Nf''', I finish what I'm doing at home and wander down to Neumann's and meet BT Dave and Mr T at the entrance gate. ''Curlew Sand we think but it might be a Stilt Sand according to Greg''....''what the ???''
I casually race round to the north end of the flash as the bird has now moved a lot closer and is feeding with Lapwings just by the island. I set up my scope and checkout the bird in question..
''FECK ME!!...IT'S A STILT SANDPIPER''
I congratulate Greg for his find or should I say re-identification and promptly put out the news to the masses.