Well, today it was...
ADMc and myself took a trip out to Campfield Marsh on the Solway Firth today so that I could catch up with the fw Stilt Sandpiper that has been here since last Monday. When I was in Cornwall, I was a bit gutted to hear that this lifer for me was only about 100 miles from home and being seen by all of my mates. Andy saw it on Wednesday but came back with me for seconds.
Above - at first we could hardly find the pool for fog let alone the bird...
...then the heat haze became a problem...
So hopefully if you combine the three images above you'll get a feeling of what it looked like.
I like waders and was well impressed by this lanky tringa imposter as it strode around its pool loosly associating with a couple of Black tailed Godwits. I think this is about the 26th record for the UK. A cracking bird.
No such luck down at Boulmer where 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 10 Black tailed and 11 Bar tailed Godwits and 4 Wheatears where the highlights.
Still, that was my third British tick this year and there's time for more. Fingers crossed.
British List - 389 Stilt Sandpiper.
Boulmer Year List - 130 Curlew Sandpiper .