A morning walk along the north banks of No.6 tank with the tide barely rising from its slumber. A combined total of birds sighted on No.6 tank before and after the high tide resulted in c3500 Black-tailed Godwit, 121 European Golden Plover, c120 Northern Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 21 Ruff – including the white headed bird again. Also 107 Common Redshank and c30 Common Snipe. Northern Shoveler reached 221 with 70 Eurasian Wigeon, smaller numbers of both Tufted Duck and Mallard, and 67 Northern Pintail.
The ‘phalarope pool’ again had a nursery group of Black-tailed Godwit with a c-r bird from early August this year.
I continued my walk and ended up close to the banks of Frodsham Score with the incoming tide unsettling the mass of birds feeding out on the mudflats and out on the edge of the marshes.
Totals included: c1500 Eurasian Curlew, c150 Eurasian Oystercatcher, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, c8000 Dunlin (one in full summer plumage), 2 Little Stint (phew! I thought I’d miss out on my favourite shorebird this autumn), an incredible flock of 61 Little Egret, 5 Great Egret enjoying the fishy bounty from the tidal channels flooding. Several flocks of Pink-footed Goose far out on the mirage ridden horizion and hundreds of Eurasian Wigeon riding the tide in and out.
Observer and images: WSM.