Saturday, 17 November 2012

Summary of first UK leg of Wader Quest.

Ruddy Turnstone
We only had a couple of days after the start of WQ before we headed for Thailand, so we decided to make the most of them by visiting two of our favourite places, Titchwell RSPB reserve on a murky day in Norfolk, always good for waders and the next day  Slimbridge WWT on a sunny day in Gloucestershire where of course the spoonies are being so tenderly cared for.

The beach at Titchwell with many species of wader together.
After the two days we had a WQ list of 18, on it were two Nearctic waders, the White-rumped Sandpiper that we saw at Cley NNT in Norfolk and the Long-billed Dowitcher that we saw at Slimbridge.

Species seen:

Eurasian Oystercatcher
Pied Avocet
Northern Lapwing
European Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Common Snipe
Distant Long-billed Dowitcher  at Slimbridge.
Long-billed Dowitcher
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Eurasian Curlew
Eurasian Whimbrel
Common Redshank
Ruddy Turnstone
Red knot
Sanderling
White-rumped Sandpiper
Dunlin
Ruff

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