Saturday, 26 February 2011

Over-wintering Green Sandpiper

2 of them, on the main lagoon at Surlingham Church Marsh. With my late summer records last year, I would reckon Surlingham to be an important site for this species. I would assume they are not returning birds, so I wonder where they have been during the winter? According to RBA, a single bird went east at Hardley flood earlier in the month. Other than that, you have to go back to November for a 'reported' bird in the county. Maybe with the warmer weather, they have come from a short distance somewhere to the south of us.
Other bits and bobs included a pair of Coal Tit in the graveyard, 3 Bullfinch in scrub, pairs of Coot and Shelduck on the lagoon and a Cettis sang from somewhere.


  1. Interesting find for the time of year - I'll try and look through my slapdash records from the 80's to see if I can match it - GS not unusual but the time of year perhaps!

  2. The answer is no - '87/'88/'89 and records only in the later summer. Good find Jim!

  3. Thankyou for taking the time to look Mr. Thing!