Black-tailed Godwit. Mike Atkinson.
Not quite as impressive as 24 November, but at least 2,500 waders in the fields at Cockersand again on Friday, most notably c.1,500 Golden Plover, 275 Black-tailed Godwit, 150 Dunlin, and a similar 150 Curlew, with Redshank and Lapwing scattered all over the place.
I had a repeat of the 1st winter male Stonechat close to Crook Cottage again, 15 Greenfinch were seen as ten at Bank Houses and five at Lighthouse Cottage, and a flock of c.60 finches, distant, fidgety, and very uncooperative, but predominantly Twite with Linnet seen in the rough field behind Bank House Cottage again. A Buzzard on Moss Lane, and a Kestrel at Bank Houses were both scanning the landscape from fence posts, and seen distant in fields at Bank End Farm, probably up to 150 Whooper Swan.
The best of Conder Pool was 5 Snipe, a Little Grebe, and 9 Tufted Duck. In the creeks, 3 Little Grebe and a drake Goosander seen, and from the coastal path, up to 30 Goldfinch and 6 Blackbird.
I've made no contact with the Conder Green Common Sandpiper/s on my last two visits since 5 December.
Thanks to Mike for his Black-tailed Godwit, and to Noushka for the Brambling header.