Weather: S/SE - 3/4, cold
A few grebes, divers and scoter where offshore at Hoylake today, whilst Gull numbers remained relatively low. The high tide wader roost at Hoylake was interesting with tens of thousands of waders cramming onto the shore. The usual waders were present including, Knot, Dunlin, Sanderling, Redshank, Bar tailed Godwit, Grey Plover and Oystercatcher.
Amongst the thousands of Dunlin was this summer plumage bird. A colourful sight amongst the greyer winter birds. An early moulter by some time as most ssp Alpina don't acquire their summer plumage until April, however given this birds particularly rufous mantle and exceptionally long bill the possibility of it being another ssp such as Hudsonia is to be considered ? Comments welcome.