Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Shorebird migration gaining speed

This morning I checked my 'local' patch - the Ashdod ponds and seashore. At the seashore no Crab Plovers this time but 15 Yellow-legged Gulls at sea were interesting. We know so little about our YLG's.
At the ponds shorebird numbers are building up, and at last I had triple-figures of migrants today, and this without a single Calidris!
As usual, Tringas were the bon-ton, with about 40 Redshank, 50 Wood, 40 Green and 5 Common Sandpipers. Among the scarcer species were one good-looking Spotted Redshank, one adult Greenshank and one adult Marsh Sandpiper. Two Little Ringed Plovers were new arrivals. No Spotted or Buff-breasted Sandpipers either this time...

Spotted Redshank
Marsh Sandpiper
Black-winged Stilt

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