After the disappointment of last weeks Semi-P debacle, messing up a probable 3rd for Lancs on patch, it was nice to somewhat redeem myself by finding a cracking moulting adult American Golden Plover at Marshside today.
Initially very distant, its very white super, slim build and constant movement made it stand out at the back of the marsh. On its own at first, I struggled to get some sort of image. The first ones are particularly grainy, but the light was perhaps better at this point.
It was flushed about 4 times in the first half an hour so had to keep refinding it to get some better images – it gradually landed nearer, but was never really in decent image range. A cracking bird through the scope though. The strong sunlight didn’t help either.
A couple of shaky videos too – the fresh westerly may be helping with the waders, but not the video.
Edit – Analysis of the photo’s and speaking with Pete Kinsella this evening about the bird he saw (the dusky one) – it would appear there are 2 American Goldies on the marsh. Pics of the other bird here, found after trawling through my many images!
The rest of the marsh was heaving with birds – 2 Curlew Sand, 20+ Ruff, Grey Plover, Knot, masses of Black-tailed Godwit etc at Marshside
Banks was also superb – 6 juv Curlew Sands, 2 juv Litte Stints (these were checked thoroughly!!!) and a Turnstone the highlights.
With these winds set to continue, what’s next……….. 1st Greater Yellowlegs for Lancs anyone?