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Wednesday 12 September 2018

11th & 12th Sep – Buff-breasted & Pectoral Sandpipers


News came in late yesterday (via Birdguides and Rare Bird Alert) of two Buff-breasted Sandpipers on Lundy on Tuesday 11th seen by Gareth Bradbury who reports that, "On Tuesday around 1215 I was watching the linnet/meadow pipit flock around the livestock feeders south of where the main track goes through Quarter Wall when the two Buff-breasted Sands flew low in to land just 20m west of the track and 20m south of the Quarter Wall. They immediately started feeding in the grass and offered great views [see photo below]". A logbook entry by Tony & Celia Sawbridge, visitors staying on the island, indicates that both birds had been in the vicinity of the Airfield since Sunday 9th.

Peter Slader reports that the two Buff-breasted Sandpipers were still present this morning (Wednesday 12th), in the Brick Field near Quarter Wall gate and also on the Airfield. An added bonus was provided by a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper at Quarter Wall and Brick Field Ponds; quite the trio of Nearctic waders! [See additional photos by Nik Ward below.]

Buff-breasted Sandpipers, nr Quarter Wall, 11 Sep © Gareth Bradbury
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Brick Field, 12 Sep © Nik Ward
Pectoral Sandpiper, Brick Field Pond, 12 Sep © Nik Ward

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