|Terrible photos of tiny waders #1: Little Ringed Plover at Swineham 24th May
|Terrible photos of tiny waders #2: just a single bird present for the day
I had the whole week off, and, fortunately with hindsight, we decided not to go away. The downside of this was that the bills still rolled in through the letter box, and I was constantly reminded about the windows needing cleaning, gutters wanting fixing etc. The up-side was that I could get away with a lot more local birding and was a bit freer to twitch should something good turn up.
|Terrible photos of tiny waders #3: Temminck's Stint at Lodmoor, 30th May
|Terrible photos of tiny waders #4: here with a Ruff for size comparison.
|Spotted Flycatcher at Morden Bog: taken just 3 days before the Eagle arrived
|Treecreeper at Morden Bog with spider
|Twitching the Temminck's provided an opportunity to catch up with the Arctic Tern which has summered with the Common Terns in recent years
|Arctic Tern in the foreground - a slighter, shorter-legged and more blood-red billed bird than the Common Tern behind
|Arctic Tern on the left - not the long tail streamers and neat black line on the trailing edge of the primaries
|Here quite a dark-billed Common Tern coming in to land...
|...and a Sandwich Tern to complete the collection
|And one more of the Ross's Gull - High Arctic wanderer and bird of the week until elbowed out of the way by a certain raptor from warmer climes.