Monday, 16 January 2012
Western Sandpiper, 15th January
Finally caught up with Cley's Western Sandpiper on Sunday. Although at times distant and surprisingly elusive, it did show fairly well. Having said that, a bit distant for images. I was quite struck by, without wanting to sound cocky, how much it seemed an 'obvious' Western to me. The structure, bill shape, retained rufous scaps etc. Perhaps that's the benefit of hindsight creeping in, or perhaps its just having spent hours studying them over the last couple of months.
Also saw the Coues's Arctic Redpoll at Titchwell. Although I can see why a few people have worried about this bird from photographs, it doesn't really look like anything but an exilipes in the flesh. To me, anyway.