Category Archives: Waders

Grey Phalarope at Hollowell

Anticipation was running high among local birders when Storm Aileen made landfall in the UK on Tuesday, with the strong westerly blow continuing into the early part of Wednesday. The resultant winds, 70 mph in some areas, were already producing … Continue reading

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Temminck’s Stint at Stanwick

The county’s first autumn Temminck’s Stint for sixteen years materialises in the early morning gloom of Stanwick’s Visitor Centre Lake. Persistent patch-watching pays premiums – the proof appearing in the form of a nice adult Temminck’s Stint for Steve Fisher … Continue reading

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Baird’s Sandpiper at Stanford Reservoir

August 1st and Stanford’s waderfest continues unabated, producing Northamptonshire’s third-ever Baird’s Sandpiper this evening. Hats off to Chris Hubbard for his sheer persistence in visiting Stanford Reservoir daily – often more than once – as his tenacity pays off handsomely with … Continue reading

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First-summer Golden Plover

On 27th May, Bob Bullock found a European Golden Plover at the western end of Earls Barton Gravel Pits, where it remained until at least 29th May, when I managed to take the photos, below. We don’t usually see this … Continue reading

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‘Greenland’ Dunlin

A 3rd for Northants? As part our exceptional wader movement this spring, there have been two reports of Greenland Dunlins – that’s the scarcer race, arctica, which turns up in much smaller numbers than the much more commonly occurring schinzii … Continue reading

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‘Tundra’ Ringed Plovers

Late spring sees small flocks of Ringed Plovers inland, moving north. Most, if not all will be ‘Tundra’ types, probably of the Scandinavian/Russian/Siberian race tundrae, but possibly also psammodroma, which breeds no further away than Iceland, with its range extending … Continue reading

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The Stanford Stilts

An early morning visit to partly-drained Stanford Reservoir paid off handsomely for Mel Farrar, today, with the discovery of three Black-winged Stilts close to the northern end where, fortunately, they remained into the evening. Six together at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire yesterday … Continue reading

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