Sanderling, Baston and Langtoft (wader pit), Lincs

The 'wader pit' at BLGP was a little bit on fire yesterday. In the morning, Josh Jones pulled off his usual trick of finding us something good on returns to his former patch. This time it was a Sanderling, hanging out with hadnfuls of Ringed Plovers an...


The 'wader pit' at BLGP was a little bit on fire yesterday. In the morning, Josh Jones pulled off his usual trick of finding us something good on returns to his former patch. This time it was a Sanderling, hanging out with hadnfuls of Ringed Plovers and Dunlin (one of which was displaying and singing!). Meanwhile, the same pit had a Grey Plover (for its third or fourth day), plus an outrageous four Avocets (very scarce birds in this neck of the woods). In the evening, Sandy was still there on the small islands with his friends, now 6 Ringed Plovers and 6 Dunlin.
At one stage a gang of waders departed high (Sanderling, 5 Dunlins and 2 Ringed Plovers). After about five minutes, the Ringed Plovers came back. And even stranger, after 12 minutes so did the calidrids. And another 15 later, a mob of 6 new Dunlin came down and joined the gang: big, beefy, dark birds, with more extensive black bellies than the ones already present. So, I left the situation with Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plovers, 1 Little Ringed Plover and a Grey Plover.