I've been wetter than an Otter's pocket working the coast for the last two days, so when Ralph Jones texted me early this evening to say there was a Little Stint on Ainsdale beach, it seemed no great hardship to go back and get wet all over again.
Nipped down and the juv Little Stint was feeding just behind the embryo dunes immediately south of the Green Beach, with Sanderling, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and a single Turnstone.
One quickly became two as a second crisp juv Little Stint came scurrying in, all split supercilium and white braces.
Lovely little birds, although the Turnstone didn't seem to like them, running at 'em whenever they came close.
Despite the rain it was good to watch 'em in the fading light, in this cracking bit of developing habitat, although digiscoping was just about impossible.
Phil Smith has now recorded 60 species of plant in this embryo dune area, but with all the rain, it looks tasty as wader habitat too.
Who knows, time still for something scarcer than Little Stint perhaps?
12+ GBBs together on the beach earlier today, feasting on the bodies of two Conger Eels, and as evening seeped in, hordes of Pink Feet overhead, skeining off to the sandbanks to roost.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...