Still scorchio obviously today, but I hauled my ass down to Marshside after picking up Bazzo at high noon for a good look from Nels.
Hot weather and wind means evaporation means muddy edges are emerging on Marshside One to lure in quality waders, but it was only after 45 minutes of scoping through the shimmer today that Bazzo picked up two stints in the long grasses at the back of the right hand bay from Nels.
Took a while to get good enough views of the sneaky little weasels to pin 'em down as two fine Temminck's Stints - always a good species to see in the north west, and with birds still at Martin Mere today, unless yesterday's Fylde critters decided to go south, these two suggest a few are moving through at the moment.
Too far for sensible digiscoping, but then I'm not sensible.
From the left above: Blackwit, Dunlin, Temminck's, Blackwit, Temminck's, Blackwit.
We watched 'em for a good hour or so and they finally got a bit closer (about 200m away!), when mercifully you could see the pale legs, lovely big white outers to the tail and fulsome breast bands.
Both scallopy-backed adults I think, and superbly tapered at the rear end missus.
I wonder how many more of these midget gems have crept through the region unnoticed?
As for the all important hot stints v cold beer debate, long range Temminck's are all well and good on a baking day in a sweltering hide, but I think you'd need to be talking Long-Toed or Red-Necked before you got towards icy Peroni territory.
The compromise is blindingly obvious - simply carry a coolbox of beer whenever the likelihood of dealing with tiny tiny peeps arises, thereby satisfying both cravings - what could possibly go wrong?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...