Pec.

Shearmans wath, West Ashby.

Got there at first light this morning to look for the pectoral sandpiper, found by local patch birder Michael Harrison. It was really misty and not a lot could be seen, though some piping green sandpipers were promising. The mist cleared only slowly and I glimpsed the pec at 4:47am. There are no hides here and the birds flush very easily so a bit of fieldcraft is necessary. The bird would disappear into vegetation if approached. I found the roadside the best place to view from, looking through gaps in the hedge. I got some gold standard photos. Ha! Only kidding, these digi-scoped pics were taken with scope and camera both set to max magnification. You can see what it is though, as they say.

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Also here were five or six green sandpipers, a greenshank, two snipe (an ad and a juv.), oystercatcher and a family of shelducks.

Calling in at Kirkby on Bain, a couple of female garganeys showed nicely along with a purring turtle dove.

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Got back home for breakfast by 8:30 am. Not bad.

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Lincs yearlist 211 (BOU).