From far and wide
Just a few musings from last week. Great to see Curlew Sandpiper a bird that undertaken a pretty amazing journey from Central Siberia- only calling off here ‘en route’ to wintering ground (probably) in West Africa. I found a similar moulting adult at my native Frodsham Marsh as a teenager one late July and the Merseyside legend Eric Hardy mentioned it one of his weekly broadcasts on Radio Merseyside. T’was such an honour!
Spotted Redshank has probably not come as far- but always a smart bird to see. Likely this same adult arrived at Spurn as a fully black breeder earlier in the month and is well into moult- even shedding feathers on this video clip:
Northern Dunlins Every early August for the past few years I have looked for some ‘centralis‘ with their cinnamon/ buff fringed wing coverts. Most of the adult Dunlin last week at Spurn were , I think, schinzii with increasing numbers of more Northern ‘alpina’ marked by bright colours and more advanced wing and covert moult; often having obvious gaps in primaires and already new silver-finged fresh coverts. Here is one such:
I do think the most parsimonious explanation of some outstandingly bright Dunlin- rarely seen- is that we get some from NE Siberia/ Pacific Rim every so often- though not sure many folk are looking? They are missing out!