Thursday, 25 April 2013

A Pec at Rainham

Took a welcome break from gardening this afternoon, when I was alerted to a Pectoral Sandpiper at RSPB Rainham Marshes. Arrived around 2 pm the bird had been found an hour earlier, when it flew in with a few Dunlin and one Ringed Plover they landed on Purfleet Scrape. The Dunlin and Ringed Plover had departed before I arrived, but fortunately the Pec had attached itself to three Redshank and was still present. It was often out of view behind a small grass tussock, as it fed though it would appear occasionally from behind the tussock and give good views. At 3.30 it flew with the three Redshank south and out over the River Thames and was lost to view. This was my eighth Pectoral Sandpiper in the UK but my first in spring.

Also two Whimbrel flew low over the scrape and out to the river, the second calling as it went.