Sunday, 28 June 2015

30 Days Wild - Day 28 - 28 June 2015


Hudsonian Whimbrel, Pagham Harbour, Hampshire
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig


30 Days Wild - Doing something wild everyday


Day 28 - Hudsonian Whimbrel,  British and World lifer


Today we had planned a twitch.  There had been a Hudsonian Whimbrel 2-3 hours away in Pagham Harbour on the South Coast.  I hadn't been able to go as I'd been at Camp Avalon last weekend and at the Festival of Nature in Bristol the weekend before, trying publicise the camp.

We had been at the Festival of Nature Bath yesterday talking to people about conservation issues before I had a tap dance exam rehearsal, which I couldn't miss.


Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig
Phototograph taken and copyright Helena Craig

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig
Phototograph taken and copyright Helena Craig

When we arrived, there were no other birders there, so we set aside trying to find the bird.  The first whimbrel we saw had a strong head pattern.  We were sure it was the right bird but weren't sure for another 1/2 hour when it flew and we could see that it didn't have a white rump like our Eurasian Whimbrel buy a Brown one like this bird that comes from North America.


Hudsonian Whimbrel, Pagham Harbour, Hampshire
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig


Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig
Phototograph taken and copyright Helena Craig

Hudsonian Whimbrel, Pagham Harbour, Hampshire
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig


Hudsonian Whimbrel, Pagham Harbour, Hampshire
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig


It was a special bird for me.  The Sunday before I was born, on turned up in Newport, less than a hour from our house. By some miracle, Mum agreed to stay behind and Dad twitched it with my big sister Ayesha who was twelve at the time.  Then, two years later the same bird turned up there again and this time Mum and Dad twitched it with me as a toddler.  It's good to see this bird that I have already seen but was "too young to tick".

This bird takes my British list to 449.  I am now on the same as Ayesha, who has been stuck on 449 since she had her second baby.  Maybe I still have a chance at Lady Amhurst's Pheasant or Cory's Shearwater before we head off birding to East Africa (Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya) on the 18th July 2015 and might sneak ahead of her and finally hit 450.


About the Writer




Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig 




Mya-Rose Craig is a 12 year old young birder, conservationist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She is looking forward to going Mountain Gorilla Trekking in East Africa in the summer and watching Penguins in Antarctica in December 2015, which will be her 7th continent. She has recently been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

























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