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Spotted Sandpiper (1 Viewer)

field of sheep

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Great to have the Spotted Sandpiper confirmed yesterday. Managed to see it briefly at Landguard viewpoint but vanished soon after. A fantastic bird for Suffolk that's for sure.
 

Ratal

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No Jane it's a spotted sandpiper. A friend of mine and another birder got permission to enter the dock and got pictures and id conformation. See bird guides Suffolk for photos.
I thank you.

Can you provide a link to the pics? if that's confirmed concrete ID that's superb.

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EDIT: Found link. Will be interesting to see if this bird hangs around and gets the full Spotted Sandpiper plumage like the 2007 bird in the Hayle estuary.
 
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field of sheep

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Damn it yes that was the bird, glad I held off ticking it in my funny book.
Surprised bird guides put it on if there was a doubt. Ah well, back to the drawing board.
Thank god I was only 15 mins away, would have hated some birders to have travelled down any distance. Thanks for clarifying.
Matt

Footnote...this could still be a spotted then?? Nothing confirmed yet I take it?
 
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coal tit

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Perhaps a consolation of sorts a common sandpiper in land in winter (not sure about the
coast) in derbyshire was classed as a rare winter visitor thou birds that were classed as
rare in recent times have been more classed as scarce visitors or passage migrants unclear
why this is perhaps more birdwatchers makeing more sightings, hope more proof comes
through for your claimed spotted sandpiper.
 

Simon Wates

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I agree that its a Common Sandpiper but this "very clean" looking individual would definitely earn a second glance from me.
 

jimbob

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Damn it yes that was the bird, glad I held off ticking it in my funny book.
Surprised bird guides put it on if there was a doubt. Ah well, back to the drawing board.
Thank god I was only 15 mins away, would have hated some birders to have travelled down any distance. Thanks for clarifying.
Matt

Footnote...this could still be a spotted then?? Nothing confirmed yet I take it?

If you and others saw the bird, what made you think it was Spotted in the field? What notes and observations were made?
Whatever the case, not an easy pair to split in winter plumage. I would be asking myself "why is this not a Common?"

Cheers,
Jim.
 

field of sheep

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Perhaps a consolation of sorts a common sandpiper in land in winter (not sure about the
coast) in derbyshire was classed as a rare winter visitor thou birds that were classed as
rare in recent times have been more classed as scarce visitors or passage migrants unclear
why this is perhaps more birdwatchers makeing more sightings, hope more proof comes
through for your claimed spotted sandpiper.

Just to confirm it's not me claiming it, just going by the local grapevine but am grateful for the help on here from the bird forum members.
Cheers guys and gals.
Matt
 

JWN Andrewes

Poor Judge of Pasta.
Damn it yes that was the bird, glad I held off ticking it in my funny book.
Surprised bird guides put it on if there was a doubt. Ah well, back to the drawing board.
Thank god I was only 15 mins away, would have hated some birders to have travelled down any distance. Thanks for clarifying.
Matt

Footnote...this could still be a spotted then?? Nothing confirmed yet I take it?

On the plus side, you'll now be that much better prepared for when a real Spotted Sandpiper comes your way. Hang on in there, it'll happen.

Cheers

James
 

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