Sunday, 29 August 2010

A Kentish in Rutland

The exceptionally rare occurence of a British inland Kentish Plover had Mr M and I nipping up to Eyebrook Reservoir tonight.
The little cutie juvenile bird showed very well at the inlet end, loosely associating with around 10 Ringed Plover.
I have seen many Kentish Plovers abroad but this was a British first for me. Somehow amongst the Eyebrook mud this bird was far more impressive than the ones that scurry along the sand and shingle of some foreign beach.
An added bonus was a Pectoral Sandpiper that fed amongst the small flock of Dunlin. Apparently we had missed out on 5 Curlew Sandpipers that had been there slightly earlier, but Hey who's complaining !
Around a dozen Snipe probed the waters edge and a large flock of Lapwings were present.
Just before dark a flock of 10 or so Yellow Wagtails flew over, surprisingly North.

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