American Sea Lark

hudsonia Dunlin in summer plumage

Joining us briefly on Warren on our Discovery Day at Spurn last Sunday were a gang from Bolton (those of the remarkable accent) including Julian Hough (it were ‘overin’ int’ wind) who now lives in Connecticut, but was back visiting his family. We didn’t get long to chat but very good to see old acquaintances:

Julian and I went birding and twitching together 100 years ago so a little plug for an old friend, he says:

“I am co-leading a trip to Panama in late August-September.

Just 2 places left.

http://naturescapeimages.wordpress.com/category/foreign-birding-travel/panama-2011/

 It’s a fab trip and priced lower than most tour companies, so it’s a good deal!”

Meanwhile… Some shots of the hudsonia subspecies of Dunlin. This form has its own disjunct flyway in central/ eastern North America. Often mooted as a potential vagrant to Britain and Ireland, I have suspected a first summer in N. Ireland but never really tried looking for an adult in breeding plumage. They do look different though. Maybe we should be trying harder when the first July White-rumped Sandpiper appears…

All shots by Julian in late May/early June

P.S. if you hadn’t guessed ‘Sea Lark’ is and old name for the Dunlin; and to finish, another species to start looking for when waders return in July:

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