After arranging to go down to Teesside with JM (Birding Sometimes) last night, provided that the Sharp Tailed Sandpiper was still there, we were both pleased when positive news came through this morning.
After getting to Greatham Creek in good time by avoiding the worst of the traffic, we were glad that we hadn’t seen the news that the STS had flown from the tidal pool until we had seen a line of birders scanning the mud bank on the other side of the bridge.
They had refound it and after getting to a better vantage point we could see the Sharp Tailed Sandpiper – Lifer, along side a Dunlin for comparison.
During our time watching this Pec Sand looking wader, it wandered around the bank probing the mud and occasionally wandering off to the waters edge where at one point it was in a line with a Curlew, Dunlin and a Redshank.
A much better looking wader than I was expecting even if the views were quite distant.