25th October 2011 – Pec Sand in the Lyth Valley

I’ve not seen much this autumn so the Pec in the south of the county was becoming more and more appealing as each day passed. The bird has been commuting between two flooded fields in the Lyth Valley SW. of Kendal, but a quick check of the first site proved fruitless. Thankfully upon our arrival at the second site I was met by Ronnie Irving (one of the original finders) who confirmed that the bird was still present and quickly put us onto it. The bird was feeding with a single Dunlin and allowed reasonable scope views from the road, right up until the point when it flew off calling! It was with some relief shortly afterwards that I heard it calling again – I picked it up in flight and watched it land right in front of me quite close. It was on its own now and soon settled down to feed, whilst I grabbed my trusty Coolpix and grabbed some digiscoped shots (it was just too far away for the DSLR). Despite the gusty winds I really enjoyed watching this bird – another nice find for Ian Kinley and Ronnie on their patch – well done lads!


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