A new arrival at Meare Heath scrape this morning was a Curlew Sandpiper which was associating with the Blackwit flock. Also one Ruff and one Redshank. The waders were spending most of the time just below the bank in front of the near mud island so sightings were sporadic.
An additional 14 whimbrel at lunchtime.
Curlew Sandpiper still present early evening, also one Ruff and a Redshank as well as the Black-tailed Godwits.
The Bristol Ornithological Club (Tuesday group) wishes to thank PK for his help yesterday. We only had 2 members who topped 6'2" so only they were able to see 'the pack' as it sheltered below the bank. However the birds spooked and settled on the mud enabling us all to ID and show some of our fledgling birders a new species in the shape of the Curlew Sandpiper. On our way back from Noah's we also ID's the Whimbrel and (the reason for the post) a fine breeding plumage Dunlin. We didn't make contact with the Redshank unfortunately.
Views of Great White and Marsh Harrier where nothing short of brilliant (all be it from Ham Wall), Hobbies in good numbers but we all had problems seeing 'the red trousers' so often quoted in the literature.
The wind would have cut steel - had it blown a little harder!