Return wader movement has just started. Increased numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpipers, Redshank and Curlew. So a regular morning check of Druridge Pools is the norm.
This morning I came across this wader. 1) Rule out Dunlin, 2) Check again make sure it is not a Dunlin, 3) Rule out Sanderling ... OK.
So it is long-winged. Baird's or White-rumped ... legs look a bit long. Bars on back rule out Baird's (but would make it a juv wrs.). I'm struggling at this point so I post pictures on twitter and get some helpful comments. The long dark legs are a problem. Distance and poor light are not helping.
After a long wait it finds some deeper water, preens and in half-decent light reveals yellow legs and bill. The pectoral band is now very clear and ID couldn't be simpler.
No mad twitch on, because most listers saw the bird on the Druridge Flashes earlier in the year.