Baz Scampion writes:
I had one of my best days of birding and bird photography in a long time today. Everywhere I looked the birds kept popping up in front of me. There were a couple of obliging SbS feeding in the river, and loads of good waders like stunning summer plumage Grey Plovers, two Terek Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints, a Western Sandpiper, a Curlew Sandpiper, and Long-billed Dowitcher, amongst others.
The most exciting part was watching the Spoon-billed Sandpipers’ behavior. The birds were mostly feeding manically, often pulling up reasonable-sized worms. Some birds were getting aggressive with one other and a bit territorial, and one even started signs of display and began singing. I sat on my rucksack liner for the hours on the wet mud and ice, so that I didn’t get as cold as Phil did yesterday.