Monday, September 19, 2011

Curlew Sandpiper

Popped out for a quick bit of birding this morning so decided to go to Upper Bittell Reservoir where 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper had been seen this morning.
After a quick check of Lower Bittell where a Wigeon and a weak attempt at stringing a Ferruginous Duck were the highlights.
Arriving at the dam at Upper it shocked me how low the level of the reservoir was. I've never seen it this low and thinking about it now I should have taken a photo of it!
Anyway a small flock of waders was on the far shore at a range of 13 miles and the 2 Curlew Sandpipers picked out. 

Honest it is a Curlew Sand!

Anyway after checking the gulls and the rest of the banks where nothing much else was, we headed home.
So why did I go and see 2 Curlew Sandpiper at 1,500ft range?

Who knows, answers on a postcard!


  1. Ah, the joys of Upper Bittell. As a rule I don't bother going there for waders unless its something exceptional. I tend to find the views thoroughly disappointing there

  2. Anonymous1:39 PM

    You want to try a spot of 'exploring' around the back off the public footpath opposite the Westmead!!!