12 Little Egret and a single Great White Egret (the latter was watched flying along the ship canal by the observer), 30 Whooper and 7 Bewick’s Swans, 2000 Canada Goose, 15 Pink-footed Goose, 500 Wigeon, Numerous Golden Plover and 2 Grey Plover, 5 Oystercatcher, 500 Dunlin, 6 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit. An adult Yellow-legged Gull on the score made for an overall impressive watch.
Additionally, a Chiffchaff was along the Holpool Gutter west of No 4 tank and 3 Lesser Redpoll in Alder trees at the old fertiliser plant.
Observer: Frank Duff.
No, it’s not the Great African Plains with vast flocks of Red-billed Quelea but an impressive shower of Dunlin on the Mersey Marshes during the December WeBS counts. Over 35,000 Dunlin are out there! .
If you fancy a similar experience and help count them at the same time drop Dermot Smith an email at firstname.lastname@example.org; and have a chat. Below Common Teal forced by the rising tide to seek fresh feeding waters.
All images by Toni Ray Sherlock.