Common Sandpiper is still at Isabella pond today

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Common Sandpiper is still at Isabella pond today
From: Jean Ffrench <>
Date: Sun, 27 Oct 2019 11:08:39 +0000
I saw it this morning at about 9am, on the wall, after getting guidance and advice from a very kind gentleman who was there and had already seen it. 

I had been to the pond several in the last few weeks, without success. I now realise I had been looking for a bigger bird! 

Got some photos. 

I am submitting my list to the Blitz by mail.

On 27 Oct 2019, at 6:02 pm, Philip Veerman <> wrote:

I have just come back home from Isabella Pond. My final “blitz survey”. Unless I go out again after dinner……. I again arrived at the pond from Isabella drive and walked along the southern side, towards the very eastern end. Only took me a minute or two to see the Common Sandpiper. The clean white front being really obvious. It stood very still right beside a rock. Within a metre or 2 of where it was when I first saw it with Shorty & Geoffrey, 20 days ago. Just on the water’s edge, below the 2 white chairs. Still sort of close to the 1 pied stilt. To get closer I then walked over the foot bridge then down to below the chairs. I got to within about 5 metres of it for about 2-3 minutes, then it flew 5 M out to a rock and stood there teetering, then flew across to the concrete wall on the north east side and perched on the lower ledge of the wall (just like in Geoffrey’s earlier photo). It has a very jerky flight.


I had not found it on my last few attempts.


No one else has mentioned it this weekend. But then there is strangely little comment so far. I wonder if anyone else got it for the blitz…….. No, I am not asking for others to rush out………..  OK maybe tomorrow.




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