An intended brief visit to catch up with two Wood Sandpipers from yesterday instead reaped my fourth Pectoral Sandpiper find for the marsh. So, you can imagine one happy birder was followed by two other happy birders who shared the rewards of putting in the effort (and finally back on the right side of the River Mersey) The bird was initially difficult to view as it was settled with a small flock of flighty Common Teal but eventually provided some superb views in excellent evening sunshine.
Also present within the area were 12 Ruff, 6 Greenshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwit and two handsome summer Golden Plover (the first of the Autumn migration) both birds circled the water but due to recent pumping of sludge into the tank and yesterdays heavy rain they didn’t settle and headed out to the Mersey Estuary.
Tufted Duck have been a little absent of late so 67 birds were a welcome break from the usual Shelduck, A flock of 10 Common Teal were perched up in the Cormorant roosting tree and looked a little comical.
Short video of tonight’s Pec Sand here: https://vimeo.com/137173698
Observers: Frank Duff, Roger Wilkinson, WSM (video and images).