Sanderling. David Cookson @ D C Images
When I arrived at Plover Scar yesterday the number of waders present at high tide stood at a paltry eight birds, being 6 Dunlin and 2 Turnstone, but just five minutes later the number had risen to sixteen when 8 Sanderling flew in as a nice mid-September record for me and for Cockersands.
Wheatear. Pete Woodruff.
Other notes at Cockersands, up to 170 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 45 Herring Gull, and 18 Black-headed Gull were off the scar, 3 Wheatear on the headland, 6 Tree Sparrow around Bank Houses, and the local Kestrel seen again.
Little Stint. Jan Larsson @ Vingspann
Thanks to Fylde birder AC and his reliable and recently regular text messages to me, I eventually had decent if distant views of the juvenile Little Stint off Bank End Farm, and a Sparrowhawk which had taken out a Starling came to land close by to proceed with it's meal. On the wander back from here I saw c.60 Linnet.
Little of any significance on the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock, but a Spotted Redshank with Redshank was hoovering up along the tide-line, c.65 Wigeon and a Great-crested Grebe noted, and a Peregrine Falcon was surveying the landscape on Colloway Marsh.
A Conder Green where I started the day at near high tide, a Spotted Redshank and Greenshank seen, with 8 Little Grebe and a Great-crested Grebe of note on Conder Pool. I saw 3 House Martin around Cafe d' Lune still, but had no evidence of any approach towards any nests, and at least 50 Goldfinch were flighty over the marsh.
Thanks to DC/JL for their excellent photographs.