Sunday, 2 May 2010

Long-billed Dowitcher, Southport area, Lancashire

May 1, 2010 (concluded):
On leaving the Bean Goose it was only a short distance to Marshside and a newly-arrived Long-billed Dowitcher. The bird with its bright, rust-coloured breast was in full summer plumage and was quite spectacular in comparison to the Dowitchers seen in the area last autumn.

Unfortunately once again it was distant, well out in the marsh. This made photography difficult as it fed at the shallow water margins with a characteristic sewing machine-like bill movement.

After only a few minutes it took to the air and moved to a different part of the marsh and it was fortunate to get a passable, although distant, flight shot. Photos of summer-plumaged Dowitchers in flight in Britain are rare.

Not too far away down Curlew Lane on some newly ploughed fields, Yellow Wagtails and Wheatears were feeding.

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