Wood In The Hood

A great find by Dan on the Wildfowlers' Pools this morning - a dazzling, spangled wood sandpiper.

Although just about annual on the Aldcliffe patch, these scarce waders are more likely to be found in late summer when failed / post-breeding or juvenile birds are heading south. Spring records are far less common and it's great to see such a pristine adult wood sand on the pools!

Other waders at the pools included ringed plover, little ringed plover, dunlin, common sandpiper, black-tailed godwit, lapwing and redshank.

Nearby a small flock of 7 swifts were feeding high over the quay.

Photos by Dan Heywood