12th May 2011 – BROAD-BILLED SAND!!!!!

What a 48hrs, after the huge disappointment of dipping the Kentish Plover, I then struck gold this evening by finding my 2nd BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER in Cumbria (3rd county record) – at Bowness Railings – and what a cracking little bird it was! The waders were incredibly nervy and constantly flying about, but thankfully it was finally seen by a further eight birders this evening. Get in! Blowing a bloomin’ gale so trying to digiscope was very difficult, here’s my best efforts…

Interestingly, all 3 Cumbrian records have now occurred within one mile of each other:

  • 1995: Bowness-on-Solway, 6th – 11th May 
  • 2006: Port Carlisle, 24th August
  • 2011: Bowness-on-Solway, 12th & 13th May
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