Friday, 13 April 2018
Waders . . . Waders on my Green Birding List and . . . Wader Quest
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Waders and Wader Quest
Having Spent five days birding at Los Pantanos de Villa Nature Reserve, south of Lima in Chorrillos, I really have an appreciation for that fabulous group of birds one calls waders. So far there are eighteen species of wader on my Green Birding – Peru 2018 list and only one specie, Blackish Oystercatcher, has not been seen at Los Pantanos! Seventeen species of wader at one reserve is just wonderful and so helpful in my quest to see more birds than anyone ever by Green means.
The seventeen . . .
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
Back-necked Stilts Himantopus mexicanus
Peruvian Thick-knee Burhinus superciliaris
American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Willet Tringa semipalmata
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
and a comparison of both side by side . . .
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
Least sandpiper Calidris minutilla
Semipalmated sandpiper Calidris pusilla
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
Sanderling Calidris alba
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
(Almost forgot to get a photograph of that one for evidence!)
Amazing to think that a few weeks ago, maybe fifty or so kilometres out at sea, there would have been Red-necked Phalaropes from Shetland! Now that would have been an incredible bird to see and to know that these same birds that breed on Fetlar, Shetland, UK or on the Outer Hebrides, will have been out at sea in Peru after such a long migration is a great reason why one can love birds. They are amazing!
Wader seen elsewhere, Blackish Oystercatcher, was seen both at Miraflores pier, Lima and on the beach about a kilometre north of Los Pantanos de Villa.
So the list has some unexpected and perfectly welcome additions thanks to Los Pantanos de Villa. All of this wader focus makes me think of the wonderful charity that works tirelessly in helping waders . . .
Rick and Elis Simpson run this fabulous charity and would appreciate any donations or maybe for a fantastically low price one can become a member. Their enamel badges are worth collecting too!
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Love to you all, Gary xx