Muchas gracias to Mr Hunt for sending me his superior shots of the Long Billed Dowitcher while it was showing at Marshside yesterday.
As far as I know the dow wasn't seen at Marshside today, and with the appearance of a Long Billed Dowitcher at Inner Marsh Farm today, I rather fear "our" bird has gone all up-market and Cheshire on us.
I hate it when waders go social climbing.
"Hi John, a few shots of the Dowitcher for you. First seen yesterday avo, then picked up again this morn at the Junction Pool before settling in front of Nels. It showed well mid-morn roosting with Black Tails, don't know how long it stayed after 11am as me and Trops had to go and get some breaky", explains Neill.
"Don't know who initially found it, but well done to him/her!"
It should be pointed out that Trops is capable of consuming terrifyingly large breakfasts (I've seen Blue Whales blush and falter in comparison), so I assume the boys were out of the field for the rest of the day.
Thanks again for the pix buddy, I was working at the Southport Airshow today ("chocks away Ginger!!!"), so the best I managed was a severely ticked off Wheatear, a few Mipits, Linnets and two groups of alba wags between Weld Road and the Pleasureland roundabout as thousands of cars poured onto the beach.
Man, did those folk leave a lot of rubbish.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies.