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Wednesday, 27 August 2008


A juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was discovered by Martin Davis on Pumphouse Pit, Paxton Pits NR (Cambs) this afternoon. It was still present and showing, but flighty, at 6.45pm. Only the third county record, following an adult on the Norfolk border at Wisbech Sewage Farm on 26th July 1963 (British Birds 58: 371) and an adult at Barleycraft GP, near St Ives, from 8-12 August 1990 (John Parslow, in Evans, Rare Birds in Britain 1990, page 51). Some 25 or so local birders managed to connect this evening, following its relocation by Mark Hawkes and Jamie Wells

Please follow directions for viewing. Park by sewage works at Stirtloe, then walk south and east along tarmac road for around 1 mile. View pumphouse on right from road, or along east edge only. DO NOT access from Diddington, and do not wander on the working areas of the site (this will upset the site manager and could damage relationships with locals).

Well done Martin - a just reward for all those quiet days...