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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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02 August, 2010

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

As it is now August we can start to expect the Autumn migration to begin and one of the signs of this are the occasional sightings of Common Sandpiper that will now occur during this month and next.

The Common Sandpiper is quite common nesting on fast flowing rivers in Scotland, northern England and Wales and head south for the winter. They can turn up in all sorts of unexpected places here in Dorset as they stop off for a final meal before heading out across the channel.

I watched two ferreting around amongst the large stones on the bank of the River Frome opposite the quay in Wareham. They also trn upon the sea shore, especially rocky areas.