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Whinchat
On Wednesday (3/9/2104) I headed straight to my local patch after receiving a call from my birding pal Dave (Ginger) Baker informing me that there were four Whinchat showing at Papercourt Water Meadows. On arrival I found this individual (photo above) but couldn't locate the other three. This was my first Whinchat for my local area and also the first I have seen this year..thanks Dave!

Avocet (center)
Another call from Dave on Saturday sent me on my way to Tice's Meadow in Badshot Lea. It's hard to think that within about 20 minutes from my home in Woking I was looking at some cracking and rare waders for the area: 2 Avovet, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper + 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 40+ Lapwing, 3 Garganey, Hobby + many others...

Curlew Sandpiper (center - moulting adult and juvenile)
Surrey Bird Club

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