I spent the morning in the company of one current and one former north east bird club chairmen and two formidable birders in the impressive surroundings of Saltholme RSPB. With a backdrop of calling Common Terns and a steady supply of hot tea and coffee, Tim Cleeves and I listened carefully to Ted Parker explaining how Teesmouth Bird Club was modernised and it's membership doubled over a period of five years.
Post meeting we strolled over to Bottom Tank where Assistant Warden and Glaucous-winged Gull finder Toby Collett had promised Tim and I that a Temminck's Stint was lined up. Unfortunately the stint had done a stint, got fed up with waiting for us and crept off into cover for an early afternoon spell of shuteye. We had to make do with 4 Little Ringed Plover, a couple of Avocet and a male Ruff.
We toyed with the idea of calling at Crimdon Dene to tick Beach Dotterel as insurance for any future split but time took it's toll and we headed home, enthused by Ted's passion for the subject matter discussed.