Another high tide yesterday lunchtime, and as I trudged towards the river bank, I was filled with thoughts of 'can I be arsed with this today?'. Probably a reflection of the dour mornings work more than anything else...
As I got to the river, a Common Sandpiper flew along my side of the bank and when it got within about ten feet of me, it changed direction and shivered off to the other side. Suddenly I really could be arsed.
Fact - the first passage Common Sandpiper on this patch in 2008 occured on exactly the same date.
Fact - that fact is awesome.
Of course, I should supply you with a stunning flight shot of a Common Sand here. I don't have one. So here is a swift. In flight. Natch.