25th September 2011 – County Mega! A delightful BUFF-BREASTED SAND…

The birding gods obviously listened to my plea! (See my post on 14th Sept, last paragraph). There hasn’t been a Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Cumbria since 1998, and I was beginning to think that we were gonna miss out on this years unprecedented influx of them – until lunchtime today when one was reported for it’s 2nd day near Arnside. After throwing my family in the car we were soon heading south down the M6 on the way to this county mega. Encouraged by the news that the bird was still present we quickly found the car park near Carr Bank Garden Centre, just NE. of Arnside, and walked out onto the saltmarsh to join the handful of birders already there. And there it was, all alone, walking along the edge of the saltmarsh – a gorgeous Buff-breast. Over the next couple of hours I thoroughly enjoyed watching this bird whilst surrounded by stunning scenery. Perfection.


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