Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Semipalmated Sandpiper, Oxey Marsh, Lymington - 19th November

On a dreary November day with occasional showers I headed down to Oxey Marsh to have a look at the Semipalmated Sandpiper which was found at the site on 16th November. At first this bird was considered to be a Western Sandpiper but the dark cap, pale rufous fringes to the scapulars and bill shape identify this bird as a Semipalmated Sandpiper, albeit a rather long billed bird. I watched the bird for around an hour as it fed at fairly close range on the pool often loosely associating with a Dunlin. A short walk produced a female Long-tailed Duck, three Spotted Redshank and two Greenshank on Oxey Lagoon, 15 Eider and six Red-breasted Merganser on the Solent. My eBird checklist for the morning can be seen here.

Semipalmated Sandpiper - Oxey Marsh, Lymington

Semipalmated Sandpiper - Oxey Marsh, Lymington

Semipalmated Sandpiper - Oxey Marsh, Lymington

I have just started to use the video function on my Olympus E-M1X. Struggling
with focus at the moment but here are a few clips of the Semipalmated Sandpiper.

Long-tailed Duck - Oxey Lagoon, Lymington