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Thursday, 20 September 2012

TUNDRA PEREGRINE on Orkney

An apparent juvenile TUNDRA PEREGRINE has been present on North Ronaldsay (Orkney) for a few days, most likely associated with the arrival of large numbers of Nearctic waders. See images at http://northronbirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/


Debate continues to ensue over the identification of Hoylake's 'peep' - favoured mostly as WESTERN SANDPIPER by North American experts but still possibly a long-billed juvenile female SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. The bird mainly shows at high tide and is very mobile, moving in tandem with the large flocks of feeding Dunlin on the Dee. Barry Barnacal has some excellent photographs of the bird