This morning was chicken oriental. We had this full summer Golden Plover sp. (pic 1) flying around with a grey underwing and very extensive dark underparts which looked like an American Golden Plover. We texted out to other London birders that a Golden Plover sp. was on the loose. About an hour later Franko found it at the London Wetland Center where it was confirmed as an American Golden Plover. I think there may be some debate/ questions about ruling out Pacific but either way it's a mega- hope to see the photos soon from the Wetland Center. Now here: http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit-us/london/wildlife-sightings/bird-sightings-for-2nd-may-2010
When it rains it pours!! in more ways than one. The frontal conditions and northeast winds today enduced a major shorebird arrival- we had 9 Knot, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (bottom pic), 4 Whimbrel, 20 Ringed Plover, 13 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Tern and 1 Common Tern.