A brief watch after work on No.6 tank and after the tide had rolled away on the river. 60 Redshank were gathered on the edge of the water close to the bank below the track on No.5 tank. Also present were 3 Greenshank and 120 Black-tailed Godwit but they were there for only a short period. The godwits took flight and disappeared out towards No.5 taking with them the Greenshanks. What was still present was more than adequate to keep my attention focused.
6 Little Stint, an adult Curlew Sandpiper (with small traces of red plumage on the underparts). 3 Ruff (pictured and one bird upper left is ringed on right leg) and a solitary Whimbrel which dropped in for a kip. The locally bred Ringed Plover chick was looking more like the real deal but no parents on view so it buddied up with a juvenile Little Ringed for company.
Other birds making up the numbers were 140 Common Teal, 49 Mallard, 12 Tufted Duck and a white domestic duck that should have stayed on whatever park pond it originated from because the Peregrine was watchful from the blue-topped chimney.
300 hirundines were high above No.5 tank and several juvenile Pied Wagtails were actively feeding and sharing the muddy edges of the wader feeding areas.
N.B. 4 Swift were moving south this morning over Runcorn Hill.
Observer and images: WSM