Tuesday, 9 June 2015

9th June 2015 Church Norton

Whimbrel 4
Hudsonian Whimbrel 1 Sussex 352
Cuckoo 1

overall buff-brown plumage

fine streaking on the neck and breast

Aquatic Warbler head pattern!

striking boldly-marked head pattern

less coarse patterning on the upperparts

rufous-tinged flank barring

very long-billed with an extensive pink basal area to lower mandible

all dark uppertail-coverts and rump

beautiful cinnamon-barred underwing-coverts and axillaries

 Hudsonian Whimbrel at Church Norton (all fight shots J.F. Cooper)
A truly outstanding find by George Kinnard being not only the first for Sussex but also only the 14th for Britain and Ireland. Many thanks also to Matt Eade for letting us know of it so quickly.
Whimbrel at Church Norton