With a few hours to kill before setting up for another attempt at netting Sandwich Terns, Jane and I had a go at catching Common Sandpipers on the Afon Leri. Normally there are quite a few around but this year's floods have obviously played havoc with their nesting attempts and there are virtually no young around (Paul and I had a look at Caersws the night before last and on a stretch of river where there would usually be 10 - 20 we only saw one!)
Managed to catch 2 out of 5 on the Leri anyway, both were adults, including this re-trap originally ringed in exactly the same spot on 11th September 2010. Crazy to think that although it's recorded movement is 0m it had probably been to Africa and back twice!
Later in the evening we caught another 10 un-ringed Sandwich Terns - 9 adults and 1 juv.