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Monday, 7 October 2013

You can't win em all

Out with Mark yesterday and we were initially tempted by a certain Wheatear in Pembrokeshire but in the end we determined it was just a bit too much with just the two of us so we opted for South Lincs instead. The plan was to start at Frampton Marsh for the Buff Breasted Sandpiper, nip across to Gibraltar Point for the Siberian Stonechat and then maybe take in the Blue Winged Teals at Boultham Mere on the way home. After more than four hours of fruitless searching we gave up on the Sandpiper and with news coming through that the Stonechat was showing early afternoon we headed off to Gibraltar Point hoping phase two might be more successful, it wasn’t, when we got there nobody knew anything about it and as far as they knew it hadn’t been seen  all day, after a stomp around just in case, we didn’t have time for phase three which was just as well as news came over late afternoon the Teal had done a bunk mid morning. It was a nice sunny day though and there was a good selection of Waders at both sites including Little Stint, Curlew Sandpipers and Spotted Redshanks which aren’t to be sniffed at.
part of the huge flock of waders at Frampton Marsh
mainly Black Tailed Godwits

Curlew Sands were close but into the sun

quite a few Ruff unfortunately no Buff Breasted Sand with them

Waders and Egrets on the Mere at Gib Point

Greenshank in evening light

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