Brockholes Quarry 6th May 2009

We spent an hour and a half down there tonight mainly watching the main pit.
Only managed to see 108 Whimbrel tonight, and 20 of those headed north just before nine after a very noisy half hour or so.

Other sightings on the main pit included, 8 Dunlin, 5 Lapwing, 1 Shoveler, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 female Teal, 1 Heron, 5 Oystercatcher, and 10+ Tufted Duck.
With 31 Swift and 3 House Martin overhead, some Sand Martin were around but we didn’t manage to spot any.

On the other large pit we were pointed in the direction of a Sanderling, a lifer for us both as well as 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Great Black Backed Gull.

We were told about the decline of the Slender-Billed Curlew and how sightings should be reported. This came up because of their similarity to the Whimbrel. Any one interested in how to identify them and who to report the sightings to use the following links (thanks Mike).

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