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Wednesday, 15 July 2009

The adult summer STILT SANDPIPER at Strathbeg RSPB - images - taken by Willie McBay





























STILT SANDPIPER OCCURRENCES IN BRITAIN Micropalama himantopus 28 Occurrences
(Breeds on tundra from NE Alaska to Hudson Bay. Migrates through interior and E USA to winter in C South America, from E Bolivia and S Brazil to NE Argentina. Occasionally winters north to Mexico, the Caribbean and southern USA)

1954 East Yorkshire Kilnsea, adult, 31st August to 4th September (British Birds 48: 18-20; Ibis 98: 155; Mather, 1986).
1962 West Sussex Chichester Gravel-pits, adult, 1st to 7th September (British Birds 56: 64-66, 401).
1963 Lincolnshire/Norfolk/Cambridgeshire Wisbech Sewage-farm and River Nene, adult, 19th July to 7th August, trapped 19th, released 20th (British Birds 57: 125-126, 270).
1963 West Sussex Manhood End, Chichester Harbour, adult, 7th to 13th August (British Birds 57: 126-127, 270).
1965 Lincolnshire/Norfolk Wisbech Sewage-farm, adult, 12th to 26th August (British Birds 59: 289).
1967 Lancashire Hundred End, Southport, juvenile, 27th September to 8th October (British Birds 61: 340).
1969 Suffolk Minsmere, adult, 27th to 29th July (British Birds 63: 276).
1970 Highland Dornoch Point, Sutherland, adult, 18th April (British Birds 64: 350; Scottish Birds 6: 280-281; Scottish Bird Report 1970: 372).
1972 West Sussex Sidlesham Ferry Pool, adult,14th July (British Birds 66: 340).
1973 Essex Walton on the Naze, adult, 2nd September (British Birds 67: 321).
1976 Shetland Garth's Loch, Scatness, adult, 11th to 18th September (British Birds 70: 421; Scottish Bird Report 1976: 93; Scottish Birds 10: plate 9c).
1984 Cheshire Frodsham area, first-summer, 16th April to 3rd October (British Birds 77: 336, plates 128-129; 78: 549).
1985 Kent Dungeness, adult, 22nd August (British Birds 79: 547).
1985 Suffolk Minsmere, adult, 4th to 10th May (British Birds 79: 547).
1987 Kent Cliffe Pools, adult, 18th to 25th August (British Birds 81: 558; Twitching 1: 222-223).
1989 East Yorkshire Flamborough Head, adult, 2nd July; same, Sandfield Pond, Catwick, 3rd to 4th (British Birds 83: 463).
1990 Kent Cliffe Pools, adult, 11th to 22nd July, trapped 12th (British Birds 85: 526; 86: 480).
1990 Suffolk Trimley St Mary, adult, 7th to 19th August, also in Kent (British Birds 84: 471, 489, plate 260).
1997 Suffolk Minsmere, moulting adult, 7th to 13th September (British Birds 91: 476, 486; Rare Birds 3: 285-286).
2002 Hampshire Pennigton Marshes, adult, 21st July to 3rd August (British Birds 95: plate 278; 96: plate 350; British Birds 96: 569)
2002 Shetland Norwick, Unst, juvenile, 5th-7th November (British Birds 96: 569-570, plate 351)
2005 Norfolk Burnham Norton, adult, 10th-17th May, same, Titchwell RSPB, 11th-12th May (British Birds 100: 41)
2006 Caernarfonshire Conwy RSPB Reserve, first-summer, 11th-13th July (British Birds 100: 713; Welsh Birds 5: 113-114) FIRST FOR WALES
2006 Dorset Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, adult, 12th-21st August (British Birds 100: 713)
2008 Leicestershire Rutland Water Egleton Reserve Lagoon 1, adult summer, 27th May (flew off high west)
2008 Gloucestershire Coombe Hill Meadows, moulting adult, 15th-21st August
2008 Outer Hebrides Rubha Ardvule, South Uist, juvenile, 14th-15th September
2008 Isle of Man Glascoe Dubh, juvenile, 17th September (probably same as South Uist individual)
2008 Cumbria Campfield Marsh RSPB NY 192 612, juvenile, 22nd September to 1st October (probably same as South Uist individual)
2009 Aberdeenshire Loch of Strathbeg RSPB, adult, 9th-11th July

IRELAND
13 occurrences
1968 Kerry Akeragh Lough, 6th to 7th October (Irish BR 1968: 31-32; British Birds 62: 468; 64: 16).
1979 Cork Ballycotton, 14th to 17th July (Irish Birds 1: 545-548, 564; British Birds 73: 507).
1983 Wexford Tacumshin, 1st August (Irish Birds 2: 559; British Birds 77: 523).
1988 Cork Ballycotton, adult, 6th to 7th August. Kinsale Marsh, adult, 14th to 18th August (Irish Birds 4: 93, 94, plate 12; British Birds 81: 665, plate 352; 82: 525).
1988 Wexford Lady's Island Lake, adult, 1st to 3rd August (Irish Birds 4: 94; British Birds 82: 525).
1989 Kerry Akeragh Lough, adult, 4th to 9th September (Irish Birds 4: 588; British Birds 86: 480).
1989 Wexford Tacumshin, juvenile, 22nd-29th October (Irish Birds 6: 393) FIRST DESCRIBED JUVENILE FOR THE WESTERN P
1991 Cork Rosscarbery, juvenile, 19th to 20th September, same, Inchydoney, 20th to 21st (Irish Birds 4: 588; 5: 220; British Birds 85: 526; 86: 480).
2001 Londonderry Lough Beg, juvenile, 12th-14th September (Birding World 14: 376-377; Irish Birds 7: 224)
2003 Cork Ringaskiddy Birdwatch Ireland NR, Lough Beg, adult summer, 6th-10th August (Irish Birds 7: 559).
2003 Kerry Burnhamwood Lagoon, Dingle Harbour, juvenile, 14th-25th September (Irish Birds 7: 559, plate 134; Birding World 16: 357)
2009 Wexford Blackstone/Seafield, The Cull, adult summer, 23rd-24th June, same, Tacumshin, 25th-27th June and again on 3rd July