The Redeemer

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?


5 thoughts on “The Redeemer

  1. hi Stuart
    just discovered your exciting blog – I wonder if you summarise your bird records for the reserves and if so whether we could use them for our reports? We are lacking useful data on this years’ breeding bird successes (not helped by me losing my notebook) so anything on that would be good but any counts you have would be greatly appreciated. Of course, we could just go back over your blogs I suppose!


    1. Hi Tony, I don’t keep counts im afraid, and don’t usually count the commoner birds at all. Just the more interesting records and new arrivals of things like Wigeon etc. My Twitter account @darbybug has more counts than on here – you’re more than welcome to pull any data off that which you think may be useful.


  2. Thanks Stuart – we’ll do that. I think you underestimate the value of your sightings. Very few people record the detail you do and it’s the more noteworthy species that we are often missing (we do regular counts that cover the bread and butter species). The breeding records are particularly valuable -again, very few people note sightings of young birds which are very useful for us to establish breeding success -your avocet young records were helpful (mine were all in that missing notebook!).

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