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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Chew Valley Lake, Avon

During an incredible autumn for waders at Chew Valley Lake it turned up this true gem, and a very nice find by whomever... My should I, shouldn't I, patience finally ran out after a few days and I made the trip. The day was very good, and would have been better if I'd bothered to go to Blagdon Lake on the way back home! Even so, 2 Long-billed Dowitchers and an adult Spotted Sandpiper (still showing some remnants of spots) along with the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper made for a most memorable day. I took some video which can be found on the link below. Lets just say the bird was distant and the video is fairly reflective of the views taken from the day!

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper video - click here