28th October – Aldcliffe Revisited

Posted: November 5, 2012 in Bird Watching, Birding, Rochdale, Rossendale, Twitching
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Woke up and saw the heavy rain beating on the windows, checked the birdnews and the Wood Sandpiper was still at Aldcliffe and in the same field as the Lesser Yellowlegs. Can’t miss a chance to see a bird that has been very difficult for any of our group to catch up with this year, I thought ! Who else is crazy enough to go out on a day like this, beside me off course? Well one taker, Steve K. We left in 30 minutes! Through the heavy rain we plodded and reached an almost underwater Aldcliffe in wretched conditions. The news was that the Yellowlegs was in the even more flooded field and that surprise, surprise the Wood Sandpiper had flown off and not been seen for about an hour! We said to each other,” lets tough it out and not leave till we see the bird” After a few slogs along well beaten saturated paths, we met a couple of birders avidly watching a bird, could it be the Wood Sandpiper? Yes it was, after a dry out of bins and scopes we enjoyed fairly reasonable views of this juvenile bird as it happily fed along with Redshanks. A Peregrine Falcon put lots of the birds up but the Wood Sandpiper landed back in the same place as the menace passed by. A Green Sandpiper was also seen and a total of 51 species had been seen on our two visits, we will be back again. We reached the car after two and a half hours in the incessant rain and reflected about the last time that me and Steve K had been out in similar conditions, yes, Blakeney Point for a certain american Flycatcher.We must be mad!!

Dave O.

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