The Cheshire string squad were in fine form today (Sunday). I was down the bend again and walked upto a couple who were scanning the waders. ''anything about''...''yes theres a few Curlew Sandpipers on show''...excellent me thinks. After scoping the Weaver Bend mud for a good five minutes not a few, not even one but none. ''have you found the Curlew Sandpiper yet?''...''err no''. ''goodbye we're off for a sandwich''.
I spent the next half an hour scanning the wader flock on the Bend and yes you guessed no CSand. There was 80+ Blackwits (two of which were colour ringed) and a Reeve on the far bank. It looks good for a yank or two or even a Curlew Sandpiper, we shall see.
A seawatch later on at Red Rocks for the high tide produced one Arctic Skua, Common Scoter, loads of Sarny, Little and Commic Terns. I'd hoped for a Cheshire Arctic Tern but they were just too distant to positively ID.
I get home and a pager message informs me of a juvenile Roseate Tern and 5 Arctics at West Kirby on the high tide....unbelievable!! funny old game this birding.