Saturday, 27 July 2013


News of an adult spotted sandpiper was a pleasant surprise upon arriving home from the Arcot sandpiper fest. Some considerable pondering ensued as a day in the garden had been agreed earlier. Fast forward a couple of hours and I'd cracked, so northwards it was to the "foxton bend" of the river Aln. A small group were already present and a little while later the spotted sandpiper was back on view, on a discrete part of the river - well done to the finder!

Too far for a conventional camera, it was James who kindly took an image with the iPhone - a record of sorts....

A county tick for me (having only seen the Derwent Reservoir bird on the Durham shore)... So a bit of a bonus sandpiper for today.

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