Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Afternoon trip? A Dotterel!

Whilst working yesterday at the General Hospital I got a text from the LROS twitter news that Matthew Berriman had found a Dotterel at RAF Cottesmore in Rutland in a group of 500+ Golden Plovers.
So finishing work mid afternoon I was soon on my way down the A47 towards the soon to be closed RAF Base.
Meeting up with a group of Leicester Twitchers including John Hague, Ben Croxtall, Paul Fossey and Neil Hagley, there told me that the Dotterel had flown off with a small group of Goldies when one of the RAF finest had flown by just a few minutes earlier. Oh Bugger!!
Over the next hour or so the Plover flock got up and flew around the large ploughed fields, and then slowly the flock regrouped and finally settled in the ploughed field. This was my chance and with Matthew and Matt Mulvey scanning the flock we finally picked up the Dotterel again.
Although this wasn't a county tick as I had seen one at Eyebrook Resv in the mid 90's, it was good to see such a rare bird for VC55(only the eighth record for the county?!).
Other sightings in the area included at least two Wheatears, Red Kite, and a single Curlew.
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