knowing that I'm not going to be doing ringing for a month or so I realised that coming back late on the Saturday night from Cornwall it had to be worth it!
I woke up at 4:40 AM then left at 5 to reach the Sewerage Treatment Works at 5:30. As soon as I got into the car I new he was excited about something and that something was nets set around one of the treatment tanks with the aim of catching Sandpipers and Gulls! As soon as we got there we found "the" Common Sandpiper that Matt was specifically targeting, a peppering of Black-Headed Gulls and another Green Sandpiper, the bird I've always wanted to ring! While extracting the birds yet another Green Sandpiper launched itself into one of the nets to our delight.
Matt was kind enough to let met extract one of the Green Sandpipers from the wader nets. A new tick for me. BINGO, when arriving back to the ringing station Matt made me scribe later to ring one of the these Green beauties! Furthermore I could get my new camera out and show you what we had rung in a few shots!
|Common Sandpiper, showing wingbar!|
|Both the Common (left) and Green (right) Sandpiper|
|Quite chirpy this one!|