Waders to terns

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A first-win­ter Killdeer proved some­what pop­u­lar at Sand­wick (Shet­land) from 13th, seem­ingly set to fol­low in the foot­steps of a pre­vi­ous Shet­land in­di­vid­ual that over­win­tered, while a late Dot­terel per­formed well on Dun­geness Beach (Kent) through­out the day on 15th. At least four Amer­i­can Golden Plovers were lo­cated, in­clud­ing a ju­ve­nile with Golden Plovers on Le­lant Salt­ings, Hayle (Corn­wall) from 3rd-5th, with the res­i­dent Hud­so­nian Whim­brel still sur­viv­ing in Boat Cove, Per­ranuth­noe (Corn­wall), a Semi­pal­mated Sand­piper at Tacumshin (Co. Wex­ford) on at least 19th-22nd. The Lesser Yel­lowlegs re­mained at Ched­dar Reser­voir (Som­er­set) un­til 17th; and the Oare Marshes (Kent) Long-billed Dow­itcher all month. Grey Phalaropes were ‘in­land’ at Great Hard­mead Lake, Amwell (Herts) on 6th, Aberthaw (South Wales) on 7th-9th, Tet­ney Haven (Lincs) on 7th, Tophill Low Reser­voir (East Yorks) on 7th-12th, and at Holme Pier­rpont GP (Notts) on 24th. The adult Bon­a­parte’s Gull re­mained at Dawlish War­ren NNR (Devon) through­out, with the only sur­viv­ing ‘reg­u­lar’ Ring-billed Gull in Bri­tain be­ing the adult roost­ing each evening on Ib­s­ley Wa­ter, Blash­ford Lakes (Hants) from 18th (one was also seen at Chel­marsh Reser­voir, Salop, on 29th). A sub-adult Azorean At­lantic Gull was pho­tographed at Wem­bury Point (South Devon) on 23rd; while in Ire­land, the adult Forster’s Tern con­tin­ued to be seen in Gal­way Bay. A first-win­ter Forster’s Tern was also seen in Eng­land, in fact the first there since 2003, show­ing

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