A quietish day started with the first round of the Lighthouse producing a Whinchat, 1 new Reed Warbler and several Sedge Warblers.
With a brisk Westerly vis mig was limited, however a Flava Wag moved through late morning whilst 2 Greenland Wheatears had arrived in the paddocks. Two Grasshopper Warblers were reeling near the pond.
With a mid morning tide wader watching took precedence particularly with a strengthening wind. At Hoylake a good sized mixed flock of summer plumaged waders included 2000 Dunlin, 50 Ringed Plover, 11 Knot, 5 Grey Plover, 1 Bar tailed Godwit and 5 Whimbrel.
As the tide ebbed so the waders dispersed east towards Roman Road where at about 15.00 three Dotterel were located among the Dunlin opposite Roman Road, Meols. A great find of a local rare by MGT. A local mega the last North Shore Dotterel was an autumn bird found on the sea wall opposite the Lighthouse in September 2005. A fine summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper was also picked up by AEH late afternoon.
So a quite day took quite a turn late afternoon with the arrival of some exciting waders and full credit to MGT for persisting in pretty blustery conditions.
Some video by Srw can be viewed at http://youtu.be/wZJBwqwiMdA
AMC, AEH, DH, JET, MGT & SRW