Value for no financial layout at all actually on Conder Pool today which at 10.30 this morning was hosting a first record in 2 Common Tern, also 2 Spotted Redshank, an adult (JB had two) and a young nearly fledged Little - ringed Plover, the down side of which appears to be one 'lost' from the two I found seven days ago on Tuesday 23 June. In the creeks 2 Greenshank were excellent, also 4 Common Sandpiper and a Reed Bunting were to note. On the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock another Common Tern and Greenshank were seen and at least 3 Bar - tailed Godwit, at which point the weather finally broke down and rain drops as big as 50 pence pieces came down and were still doing so about an hour later when JB and I decided to throw in the towel. However, by the time I dropped JB off at home I had decided to give the Eric M'cbe Hide a couple of hours to see if any of the 'regulars' had failed to find - perhaps - a Bairds Sandpiper, but it appeared not to be the case, but 2 Little Egret obliged in front of the hide prompting thoughts of not all that many years ago these two would have brought about quite a 'twitch'. Also 5 Little Gull's (7 according to RBA pager message) to which I have no comment, 3 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Avocet appear to be the only remaining ones, 13 Dunlin, and a 'roughly' estimated 270 Black - tailed Godwit. From the path back to the car park I heard two and saw one Sedge Warbler.
A day of birding in two parts really one with John until it 'peed down' and a couple of hours 'mossing' on my own and yet again I managed a couple of half decent pics of a Little Egret and nine Black - tailed Godwit's at siesta time.