Tuesday, 16 July 2013


PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER has for a while been on the relatively short list of regular waders that I still need, but this was put right yesterday with the bird at Rutland Water which stayed long enough for Ian and I to twitch it in the evening. A nice supporting cast from the hide made for an enjoyable evening although the plover wasn't as satisfying as it could have been, always distant and only showing three times for no longer than two minutes. An adult Osprey standing guard by a nest containing two mature offspring probably won second prize while a splendid adult Yellow-legged Gull that flew in, calling, was dead smart. Also present was a single Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper heard and an assortment of commoner bits and bobs.

The Pacific Golden Plover spent much of its time on the other side of the bund, only emerging into view twice, then flying off to a more distant bund then heading in the direction of Manton Bay and out of sight...
Adult Osprey standing guard over the nest containing two juveniles

Adult Yellow-legged Gull
Part of the current nationwide movement of waders, this Greenshank was feeding away on the shore