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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Temminck's Stint

Bank Holiday Monday we  headed  up the coast  ,first stop Lynemouth Flash  with only Sand martins feeding and a few Black-headed's , Cresswell next the water level very high apparently washing out the Avocets ,a pair of Sedge warblers near the Car park but nothing at the North end , 3 Barnacle Geese and a single little Gull present on the west side with some Common Terns sitting on the fence line , surprisingly cold after the weekend numerous Swifts , Swallows and Martins feeding over the area . Druridge Pools was also quiet it was marginally warmer with the shelter of the trees but no Butterflies seen at all. The message of a Temminck's Stint having dropped in at Cresswell so we headed back, but it was not to be seen anywhere , eventually it came into sight though distant , giving us a good opportunity to view this very small wader  it seemed size wise on a par with Linnet and slightly smaller than Pied Wagtail , I tried to digiscope it with these but I was too slow so decided on a bit of video instead.
I tried to find out more about Temminck the BTO lists him as 
Conrad Temminck (1778-1858) Dutch Ornithologist and Collector      
In Dutch it's called Temmincks Strandloper
The tertials hung down as though they where about to be shed ,this was a good chance to get a good look at one of these cracking little waders
This shot showing the darker under feathering of presumably  the upper breast band !

The video turned out slightly better than the stills was hoping to get it with a nearby Pied Wagtail  or Linnets  but they wouldn't contribute .

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