Long-billed Dowicher – Update at Baron’s Haugh

(Enlarge above map for location of the hides at Baron’s Haugh)

The long-billed Dowicher was still at Baron’s Haugh in Motherwell today. It was happily feeding in the autumn sunshine beside the lapwings, in the centre of the Haugh.
It could be seen from the Marsh hide (red marker on above map), which is the one nearest the car park, and is best seen with a scope. I used one with a 30x eyepiece and was able to pick it out among the lapwings.

A Greenshank could also be seen among the lapwing, passing through on its journey to Africa.

While there, a Kestrel flew over the Marsh hide and was seen catching and eating its prey on a log, before giving a flying display and disappearing into the distance.

A Buzzard was seen flying between the Marsh and Causeway hides and mewing could be heard from the juvenile.

Still looking for the Kingfishers. Just missed spotting one at the Phoenix hide on Sunday so hoping to see one soon.

NB: Visitors using public transport can get a First Bus no 245 from Brandon Parade (near Greggs) to North Lodge Avenue. Entrance to Baron’s Haugh is off North Lodge Avenue.

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