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Old Sunday 28th July 2019, 21:56   #1
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Wood Sandpipers - how many?

A quick trawl of RBA suggests well over 200 today, including 110 at Cley. Unprecedented or have I just missed these influxes before?
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Old Monday 29th July 2019, 00:18   #2
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I seem to recall a flock of 20 at the now defunct Ramney Marsh Sewage Works when I ticked it in 1987. There will have been influxes. I'll check the usual references tomorrow to judge the scale.

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Old Monday 29th July 2019, 15:53   #3
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Lee Evans on Twitter says 350+ for Sunday, and that does not include 110 at Cley, just 40 I think.

Just one in Leics/Rutland.

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I've failed to find the article but there was a large influx in 1952 written up in British Birds by Nisbet in 1956. Anyone able to access that? How many?

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Just to put it into perspective:

Finland: 250,000 pairs
Sweden: 100,000 pairs

What we've had in Britain is a slightly-higher-than-usual rate of vagrancy. Under 0.05% of the Scandinavian population coming our way.
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Just to put it into perspective:

Finland: 250,000 pairs
Sweden: 100,000 pairs

What we've had in Britain is a slightly-higher-than-usual rate of vagrancy. Under 0.05% of the Scandinavian population coming our way.
I'd settle for one in Worcs.!
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Just to put it into perspective:

Finland: 250,000 pairs
Sweden: 100,000 pairs

What we've had in Britain is a slightly-higher-than-usual rate of vagrancy. Under 0.05% of the Scandinavian population coming our way.
Isn't the magnitude of the event, the proportion of the normal number not the proportion of the breeding population?

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I've failed to find the article but there was a large influx in 1952 written up in British Birds by Nisbet in 1956. Anyone able to access that? How many?

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British Birds 49:2 49-62. I don't have the wherewithal to copy it here or the time read it just yet but looks very detailed. I didn't see a figure jump out at me in my very brief scan of the conclusions.
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