Bobthebirder's Video Blog
Lodmoor RSPB Reserve, Saturday August 25th 2012First off, sandpipers is often used as a general term for shorebirds, the little chaps that run around on the mud picking up food and making piping noises. The Americans call them 'peeps'. Us Brits call them waders. But sandpiper is also a name given to a distinct group of three shorebirds in Europe and Asia, namely the common, wood and green sandpiper. The last two are really special to UK birdwatchers because they hardly ever breed in this country so we have to wait until they pass through on their migration south from Scandinavia to Central Africa. The green sandpiper will sometimes overwinter here but the wood sandpiper is only seen for a few weeks each year - and mid-August is just about the peak time to see one. So when I heard that no less than three had been seen at Lodmoor RSPB reserve just outside Weymouth I grabbed my video camera and tripod and set off in pursuit.
As I arrived at the reserve I was pleased to see one of my fellow birders walking down the path towards me. And he had a smile on his face. "Wood sandpiper - right next to the path" That was what I wanted to hear! A minute or two later I had it in my viewfinder. However it proved to be less than co-operative as it quickly disappeared from view. Here are my first attempts at filming it:
Just in case you want to know what the other sandpipers look like here's a short sequence of a common sandpiper, filmed at the same spot a few weeks earlier:
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