Monday, August 31, 2015

Dowitchers & Godwits

Last Tuesday (25th August) I bunked off work for the afternoon to catch the high tide roost at Khok Kham.

I found concentrations of waders in various places, with one dried out salt pan holding up to 1,000 sandplovers, whilst another area held approximately 2,000 Black-tailed Godwits.

Amongst these big concentrations were about 20 Asian Dowitchers including at least two gloriously fresh juveniles,  three Great Knot, two Red Knot, three Broad-billed Sandpipers and a single Sanderling.

Over all the tally looked something like this:

Asian Dowitcher c. 20
Black-tailed Godwit 2,000+
Bar-tailed Godwit 11
Sanderling 1
Red-necked Stint c. 50
Broad-billed Sandpiper 3
Curlew Sandpiper 100-200
Common Greenshank 7
Common Redshank 200+
Wood Sandpiper 8
Marsh Sandpiper 4
Common Sandpiper 3
Red Knot 2
Great Knot 3
Turnstone 3
Sandplovers 750-1,000 ( of which c. 95% Lessers)

Wood Sandpipers

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