My thanks to Matt for ringing his 'Old Man' to tell him about a Curlew Sandpiper today in the Cuckmere. I was sitting at home wishing I had got up earlier and gone Ring Ouzel hunting again and basically not sure what to do, so the call was very welcome. It was very special with this being my first close encounter with one of these birds, although I had seen a few before at both Titchwell as well as the Cuckmere, and well done to Andy Whitcombe for finding the bird yesterday. The bird was mixed in with a group of 6 Dunlin and all were happy to carry on feeding and preening whilst we were able to admire and photograph the birds.
Curlew Sandpiper (2nd from left) with 5 Dunlin.
Curlew Sandpiper is a 'Wader'!!
Curlew Sandpiper after a preen.
As it was I missed lots of Ring Ouzels today with Matt seeing over 100 today!! Maybe I should have got up earlier.