After the up close and personal encounters with Redstarts, Cuckoo and Stonechats etc in Surrey, and an early morning search for Dotterels (no joy as usual) on the mosses, I arrived at Marshside in time for the heavens to open today.
I sheltered in the wheels, occasionally wiping the windscreen to see Stuart Darbyshire doing exactly the same thing.
We waited for the ridiculous deluge to ease before scanning from Hesketh Road platform, as Swifts arced over while Reed Warblers, Whitethroat and Blackcap cranked up around the SSSI ditch.
Stuart quickly picked up a Wood Sand working its way through the vegetation to the left, a Little Ringed Plover winged in, and two Whimbrels dropped out of yet another shower.
A small pack of six Dunlin scurried about amongst the Blackwit, Oycs and Redshanks.
Not bad, and all too far away in the difficult conditions to try to photograph properly (the “Friends of Colin” would have hated it).
As usual this should have stopped me, but didn’t.
We began to suspect something wasn’t quite right as I described the Wood Sandpiper melting into the grasses behind the Whimbrel, only for it to show feeding 50 metres away a few seconds later…
Mystery solved when a second Wood Sandpiper emerged out of the greenery before disappearing again – just shows what can be hidden by the vegetation at this time of year!
Two Wood Sands, an LRP and two Whimbrel etc – a morning drenching was a small price to pay for a fine bit of wader action.