Actitis hypoleucos, autumn migration, birding, birdwatching, British birds, Cardiff Bay birding, Common sandpiper
Autumn’s in the air, not only with slightly cooler temperatures but also because birds are beginning to move to their over-wintering locations. Though the odd Common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) will remain in Britain, most make the long flight to the warm climes of West Africa, and the only time we see these little birds locally is when they are on passage in the spring and autumn. This little beauty stopped in at Cardiff Bay yesterday to top up on food for its journey.
People rarely believe me when I say that August is now the first month of Autumn.
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We seem to be veering almost daily now between summer and autumn but I agree that the seasons do seem to be shifting.