Pectoral Sandpiper at Lunt Meadows!

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Pectoral Sandpiper at Lunt Meadows!

Some fantastic news from Lunt Meadows!

The habitat management work has paid off today, with the very bird I was hoping it would attract, a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper, showing well to begin with from screen 1, feeding amongst the wet grass and mud and clumps of Soft Rush where Snipe, Lapwings, Teal and Moorhen were busy feeding, a first for the reserve!, at least 80+ Snipe, 200 Teal, 500 Lapwing, 50 Shoveler, 4 Wigeon and 7 juv Pintail were feeding on pump pool, a Sparrowhawk flew over, scattering 100+ Meadow Pipits, and had the Snipe ducking for cover, 2 adw + a 2ndw Med Gulls were on the pump pool amongst the Black-headed and a few Common Gulls, 100+ Swallows with 50+ House Martins were feeding high up giving the occasional alarm call when a Kestrel, Buzzard or Sparrowhawk flew too close, 37 Greylag Geese were on the Great White pool with a small distant flock of Pinkfeet seen over Altcar Moss, 10 Long-tailed Tits flew from bush to bush near the car park, with a Chiffchaff or two behind them, a juv Marsh Harrier was seen over the farm fields on the other side of the river Alt, 12 Migrant Hawkers were counted on the walk round, with 8 Common Darters, 2 juv Curlew Sands dropped in over the main pool late on but continued West into the setting sun!



Pectoral Sandpiper - Lunt Meadows