Zipped down to Marshside this morning to check out the reports of two Temminck's Stints, and tried my luck at Polly's Pool, the Sandplant Lagoon, Junction Pool and Nels.
Plenty of Dunlin, Blackwits, Avocets, Redshank, Blackwits, Ringed Plover etc about, but no sign of the Temminck's.
Met Neill and he'd had no joy either.
Best I could come up with was two fine Little Stints feeding amongst the Dunlin from Nels, both in russety summer plumage.
Busy little critters, they scurried about the shallows feeding like crazy.
The local Lapwings were a bit more laid back, wading through the gloop for morsels to pick off.
More young Avocets out now too, although plenty of adults are still sitting in front of Nels.
This one was sheltering its chicks - only the excessive number of legs for one bird gave them away.
Lots of exposed mud now for waders - Polly's and Nels are looking mighty tasty.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...