Since I started writing our last blog we went off to see yet another American sandpiper, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper and this time on Portland. We arrived at the Obs and decided to just pop to see the Wryneck in the Obs Quarry first. The bird had not been seen for 1/2 hr or so, but eventually I wandered round to a young man who was staring into the grasses. After a little while he turned and said he had the bird, it was difficult to get everyone on to it but I thankfully found it fairly easily as it popped its head up, it was incredibly well hidden.
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was a different matter, it was so close to area fenced off where the few birders were sat watching it feeding quite happily, before trying to shelter from the strong wind behind the horse poo. Then it would come back out and run around, feed then without any apparent reason started flying and we watched flying out to sea a little way and out of sight. Apparently it does this every so often, but didn't return before we left.
The video clips were photocopied are © Wayne Prosper and the Buff-breasted Sandpiper © Nick Hull