Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Up for a Stint

When news of a Temminck's Stint that Rob H had found on the spit at Willen came through I was just about to set off for work. My first thought was Damn!, that won't stick around and I can't get there for a good while yet.
 Come lunchtime there had been no negative news ( but none positive either since 10 o'clock) so I found the time to get up there.
 Looking out from the hide, there were 2 small waders out on the spit, - the first a 'tundra' Ringed Plover and the second a very tiny Temminck's Stint! Yes it had lingered ( and in fact was still there until late on). A very smart bird and only my second in the county.
 Also on the spit was a pair of Oystercatchers and on the Tern Rafts it looked like 7 sitting Common Terns.
Two Little Egrets fed in front of the hide and the Heronry was alive with young Herons.
 A pair of Swans were proudly showing off their 5 recently hatched cygnets and a Cettis Warbler blasted out from right of the hide

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