Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Water Rail at Thompson Water, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Green Sandpiper

An early morning dog walk around the small village of Southburgh produced at least 4 singing Chiffchaffs, clearly, this migrant Warbler is beginning to increase in numbers now.

Stow Bedon (early afternoon)
This afternoon I decided to visit a locality which has traditionally been reliable for passage waders. I arrived at the site at about 1300 and located my target species for this visit, a single Green Sandpiper. Unfortunately, the bird flew off, however, this was a good opportunity to see the distinctive dark, unmarked upperwing contrasting strongly with the snow-white rump.
Having watched this area for many years I have encountered many Green Sandpipers either on passage, or occasionally as winter visitors.
A good tip for locating Green Sandpipers on passage is to check muck heaps on fields, the seepage from these heaps are a magnet to Green Sandpipers and attract a wealth of other species which feed upon midges and other invertebrates.

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