Stint identification?

Someone told me there might be Temminck's Stint in this flock - at Cley marshes a couple of weekends ago..

Is that right? it's the ones with the pale legs, I think.

Karen B Suffolk
  • I'm no expert but I would say that everything on there is too big for a Stint.

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    Bob

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  • That's what I was thinking, too. Stints are much smaller than Teal so I don't think you've got any in that photo. If you mean the ones with yellow-orange legs, then I suspect they are all Ruff, although as only the underside is visible, I'm prepared to be corrected.

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  • Thanks for the information, Bob and Nigel.

    Here is another pic which I think contains the same birds in the foreground:

    Karen B Suffolk
  • Looking more closely, they all seem to have a white ring at the base of the beak - here is a cropped version (a bit blurry, sorry!)

    thanks

    Karen

    Karen B Suffolk
  • That picture shows Ruff, the white circle at the base of the bill is a good id feature too. I didn't like to say last night as I was only looking at the original picture on a phone screen, but could at least tell they weren't small enough for Stint. - also I don't think that you would expect to see a large group of Stints, let alone a large group of Temincks. I've not seen many Stints myself but the most I have seen together is a pair. Nice flight picture though

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  • Thanks very much, Bob - I'm learning all the time, thanks to the lovely people on this forum!

    I was a bit confused at first, since In my bird book (RSPB Britain's Birds), the Ruff photos look brownish, whereas these look more grey to me - but I think the lighting/time of day affects things a lot. The book definitely mentions a pale base to the bill for males in their first winter - which is very interesting!

    Birdfieldguide.co.uk had a very similar in flight photo to mine, identifying them as Ruff...


    Karen B Suffolk
  • In reply to Karen B Suffolk:

    Karen B Suffolk said:

    Thanks very much, Bob - I'm learning all the time, thanks to the lovely people on this forum!

    I was a bit confused at first, since In my bird book (RSPB Britain's Birds), the Ruff photos look brownish, whereas these look more grey to me - but I think the lighting/time of day affects things a lot. The book definitely mentions a pale base to the bill for males in their first winter - which is very interesting!

    Birdfieldguide.co.uk had a very similar in flight photo to mine, identifying them as Ruff...


    Winter plumage, though Ruff do deem to be one of the waders to vary most from the illustrations.

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    Cheers,

    Bob

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  • In reply to Bobs_Still_Retired:

    I just wish birds wouldn't change their wardrobe each season - it's most confusing for we beginner birders!! ;-)
    Karen B Suffolk
  • If you think of Wagtails Stints are in that sort of size bracket if that helps you get the scale of things

    Pete

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  • In reply to Seaman:

    Hi Pete - thanks so much. I'll try and remember that. Stinted is a bit like Stunted, I suppose!! ;-)
    Karen B Suffolk