(Baird's Sandpiper sign)
(Baird's Sandpiper - HONEST! - Andrew K)
We then left this lovely bird and had a walk around the reserve itself. The highlight other than the Baird’s was a Yellow-legged Gull with very faint yellow legs, looks like my attention to the always pinkish legs of the thousands of Herring Gulls I have looked at paid dividends here! I was amazed at how faint the yellow legs where but I let me Dad have a look and they all took off and reshuffled and I think I picked it up again on the water swimming about but we couldn’t stay any longer to confirm that it was the same bird due to the brief view I had of the bird when it was on land. However it was most likely Yellow-legged Gull with Herring Gull being rare at this site at this time of year!!!! Apparently there are more Yellow-legged Gulls than Herring Gulls this time of year on the reserve. What was interest was the amount of Lesser black-backed Gulls, loads! Also we saw a very distant Black-necked Grebe not as obliging as the Houghton birds.
Until next time, Foghorn out!