Thursday, 29 December 2011
Another day with no photos thanks to some grim weather in the north-west. Very strong westerly winds and another big tide as I watched Longton Marsh flood from the banks of the River Douglas and no sign of yesterday's reported drake American Wigeon. Well worth the effort though as I've never watched this part of the estuary on a big tide before. Truly spectacular with many waders (hundreds of Dunlin and Golden Plover, thousands of Lapwings) looking for a refuge on the rapidly disappearing marsh. A tight flock of 22 Bar-tailed Godwits alongside 25 Grey Plovers were the most noteworthy birds, being so far up the estuary, but there's plenty of Wigeon to look through for this little gem over the next few days.