Broad-billed Sandpiper: a long time missed shorebird occurred

A local birding friend called at midday and to told me that he had found Broad-billed Sandpipers and Marsh Sandpiers at the fishponds while closing the 21st Bird Ringing Camp. As the fishponds system is only a few kms away from my home I jumped in the car and visited the pond.

I found the following species and counted the shorebirds:

Pied Avocet 2
Northern Lapwing 59
Little Ringed Plover 5
Marsh Sandpiper 1 adult
Wood Sandpiper 4
Green Sandpiper 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Dunlin 2
Curlew Sandpiper 4
Broad-billed Sandpiper 2 adult
Black-headed Gull 45
Black Tern 7
Common Tern 20


Passage Pied Avocets has returned to the fishponds. © Gyorgy Szimuly

We haven’t seen Broad-billed Sandpipers in this region for a while so it was nice to see them again.

The camp has been finished with success. Here is a brief summary in numbers:

52 species and 3,139 individuals ringed in 28 days


Thrush Nightingale is a rare but annual passage passerine. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Top 10 rinegd birds:

Eurasian Blackcap 961
Sedge Warbler 826
European Reed Warbler 454
Great Reed Warbler 164
Garden Warbler 138
Marsh Warbler 133
Common Whitethroat 48
Common Nightingale 42
Red-backed Shrike 35
Savi’s Warbler 30

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Ringed and released Little Bittern next to the ringing station. Taken by iPhone. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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