SAN­DER­LING

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TEMMINCK’S STINT

This tiny, creep­ing calidrid looks like a mini Com­mon Sand­piper, com­bin­ing rather unin­spir­ing colours with their dull green­ish-yel­low legs and a crouch­ing stance and gait. Temminck’s Stints are al­ways very scarce birds in the UK, mainly found at fresh­wa­ter sites, creep­ing along the edge of shal­low la­goons and gravel pits. Clas­si­cally de­scribed as look­ing like a lit­tle clock­work toy run­ning along the line where the small­est waves kiss the sandy shore, the San­der­ling is a charm­ing lit­tle wader. In spring, they some­times wan­der in­land, and if not in­land patch-work­ers’ gold, are at least on the podium. They are par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive as they at­tain their full spring breed­ing colours, when there are rich ru­fous tones, un­like the ghostly pale win­ter garb.

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