At Marshside I could see clouds of waders gathering out on the tideline beyond the sandworks, but my attention was taken with Little Egrets on Sutton's marsh, I counted eight, with another eleven on the saltmarsh across the road, where three Greenshanks flew over. A big white, immobile lump on Polly's pool proved to be a Spoonbill. Presumably the bird Colin and Ron have seen recently on Banks marsh.
Spoonbill., Polly's pool, RSPB Marshside. 23/08/12
From the sandworks numberous waders were roosting, I counted; 2100 Knot, 1650 Dunlin, 420 Grey Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 175 Curlew, 160 Ringed Plover, 1670 Oystercatcher, 64 Cormorant and 560 Shelducks. Out on the river a raft of 23 Eiders sailed past. A Merlin and two adult Peregrines occupied well known perching posts out on the saltmarsh.
At junction pool a Garganey dabbled amongst the Shovelers (74 on Rimmer's), nine Wigeon, three Gadwall and c.200 Teal were also on Rimmer's.
Garganey, Rimmer's marsh, RSPB Marshside. 23/08/12
A flock of 1560 Black-tailed Godwits were roosting in front of Nels' hide, closer inspection revelealed three colour-ringed birds, which I'll submit details of in due course. Two Ruff and c.50 Snipe were the only other waders of note present.
One of today's colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwits; a typical view.