BLAGDON LAKE BIRDS

Temminck's Stint



Temminck's Stint Calidris teminckii [Leisler, 1812]

(Extremely rare vagrant PM)

Temminck's Stint Calidris teminckii, Kalloni Saltpans, Lesvos, Greece © Nigel Milbourne, 2009

 

  1. One, juvenile, 5th-9th Oct. 2001 (N.R. Milbourne et al.).
  2. One, juvenile, 17th Oct. 2002 (unknown), presumed same on 21st Oct. (N.R. Milbourne), 2nd Nov. (unknown observer), and 1st-winter, 5th-10th Nov. (unknown, N.R. Milbourne et al.).
  3. One, juvenile, 18th-25th October 2015 (K. Hall et al.).

The first lake record was quite probably present on the evening of 4th October when I counted 16 Little Stints Calidris minuta at dusk in front of the Lodge. There were still 16 birds present on the morning of 5th October, but in better light I was able to see that one was a Temminck's Stint!

At present, I do not have details of the finders of the second record on 17th Oct., or 2nd & 5th Nov. 2002. Can anyone help? The last date recorded in Avon Bird Report 2002, was the 10th November when I last saw it, however, Simon Isgar maintains it was still present for a day or two afterward but he, presumably, did not submit his sightings.

Ken Hall spotted a small wader on Sunday 18th October 2015 that was distant and unidentifiable. The day after, he and a number of local birders were able to obtain closer views and identify the bird as a juvenile Temminck's Stint. It was mobile during its stay and, therefore, elusive for much of the time.

Bibliography (sources of information)

  1. Davis, A.H. (ed.) Avon Bird Report, 2001. Avon Ornithological Group.
  2. Davis, A.H. (ed.) Avon Bird Report, 2002. Avon Ornithological Group.
  3. Rose, Dr H.E. (ed.) Avon Bird Report, 2015. Avon Ornithological Group.

Updated 18 November, 2016