Anyway, sometimes it is good to have a change of scene, so I headed down to Cornwall and popped in to Davidstow Airfield. I love Davidstow, as it was the place I saw my very first Buff-breasted Sandpipers in September 1992 - I even hitched there from Plymouth! A few weeks later I returned in October of the same year to see a Black-winged Pratincole!
The reason for today's visit was a fine juvenile Baird's Sandpiper. A bird I first remember from my youth when reading Richard Millington's Twitcher's Diary with the memorable and still apt description of "a weetabix on legs!"
Hope you enjoy....
|This photo shows the pale loral spot, clear breast band marking and long primary projection|
|Scaly appearance of a juvenile and again the pale loral spot quite conspicuous|
|This photo gives a good feel for the structure and plumage in comparison to the Dunlin which it was associating|