Dunlins streaming on to No 6 tank.
High tide brought an incredible 15,000 Dunlin to No 6 tank but, a combination of a nearby motor trail bike and a Sparrowhawk forced most of them back out to the river. 5,000 remained but were unsettled and constantly flew then settle before flying again. Additionally, 1,000 Golden Plover and 2,000 Lapwing were also present but more reluctant to take to the wing.
56 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 22 Pochard, 24 Tufted Duck, 18 Wigeon, 2 pairs Pintail and 230 Common Teal.
5 Raven were still hanging around No 5 tank.
I called into Moss Side, Moore on the way home (okay, I normally go in the other direction) an old stomping ground when the late Colin Antrobus ploughed a lone furrow there. The lure of some birding goodies to round the year off was too tempting. Anyway, this bevy of beauties was well worth the effort. Smew (female), Waxwings and a 1st winter Glaucous Gull.