Slimbridge – 17/09 – Buff Breasted Sandpiper, Dotterel and More

I have been waiting all week to get to Slimbridge hoping the Buff Breasted Sandpiper was still there (and the Dotterel). Luckily …..

We we arrived we headed out to the Dumbles which the wardens had very kindly opened for everyone to get a good view and it was high tide (even better!). It was easy to see where to go. Unfortunately most of the birds were a long way away so the pictures aren’t so good, but there all I’ve got. It was amazing just to see them though.

Birders Waiting

First off we saw the Dotterel which showed well for most of the morning

Dotterel

The Buff Breasted Sandpiper kept coming up onto the top grass and was difficult to spot.

Buff Breasted Sandpiper

Buff Breasted Sandpiper

On the mudflats there were a good mix of waders – Dunlin, Sanderling, Knot, Ruff, Little Stint, Curlew, Curlew Sandpiper and a good flyover Grey Plover. Another bonus were 4 Arctic Terns.

Arctic Tern

Little Stint

Knot and Sanderling

Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper

Arctic Terns

Whilst standing around a black and white blob was spotted floating up on the high tide. It was confirmed as a Manx Shearwater – our first! Don’t think it was very well though, hope he made it.

On the way back we also got great views of Redshank and Green Sandpipers

Knock Knees

Redshank Wading

Green Sandpipers

A great morning, nice to see the waders back, now for the ducks, geese and swans to come. They’re on their way :-)