Sunday, October 02, 2005

Another Yank wader. 198 species in total

After a poor September (nearly a month since my last new species), Pennington came up trumps again. After two days of sweating, I was finally able to head off early across the New Forest, and shortly after arriving, locked on to the juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER which had been present since Thursday.

Photo by Tony Mills,

A classic 'Weetabix-on-legs' job - very smart and distinctive, if a little furtive in amongst the rushes and sedges at the back of the Fishtail Lagoon. I've plainly lost some form and/or am still suffering from last week's heavy cold - my legs felt incredibly heavy and useless on the way back, which was essentially a slow kill torture!