Hudsonian Whimbrel 1 Sussex 352
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