Saturday, May 25, 2013

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

After a 4.00am start to help out on the dawn chorus at Mullaghmore in the Burren for the National Bioblitz, we headed to Wexford to see a White-winged Black Tern that was found two days earlier at Lady's Island.  Within 20 minutes of arriving at Lady's Island we picked up the adult summer WWBT flying around the colony with Roseate and Common Terns.  We then headed to Tacumschin where we saw Garganey and found a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the way out to the patches.  This was my second Buff-breasted Sandpiper in a week. On Tuesday I was on the Inishkea Islands when one dropped in for a quick stay-over.  Also in Wexford we had five Reed Warblers, four Bearded Reedlings and a Short-eared Owl.  A great day in beautiful sunshine.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Wexford © John N Murphy

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