Sunday, July 27, 2014

Black-winged Pratincole

A week ago I was at Minsmere RSPB looking at my lifer Collared Pratincole. Today I was at the Ouse Washes RSPB in Cambridgeshire looking at its much rarer cousin: BLACK-WINGED PRATINCOLE! This species  is classified by Rare Bird Alert as a 'mega' which seems fitting as it should be in Romania, Ukraine, South-west Russia and north of Kazakhstan. 

It was a 2 1/2 mile walk from the visitor centre to the site. Luckily the bird was showing well but distant. After a while the bird took flight showing the dark underwing and lack of a white trailing edge. It disappeared for a while, joining swallows off in the distance only to return hidden in a flock of Starlings. 

Other species of note: Ruff (57), Black-tailed Godwit (6), Lapwing (100+), Green Sandpiper (2), Wood Sandpiper (1), Dunlin (5), Redshank (6), Little Ringed Plover (1), Snipe (5), Greenshank (2), Little Egret (19), Red Kite (1), Marsh Harrier (1), Kestrel (3) and Yellow Wagtail.

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