The north pit of the RSPB reserve at Middleton Lakes has been partially drained to allow work to be done on the ajoining pit. It has created suberb wader habitat which has attracted 3 Redshanks and a White rumped Sandpiper at the moment. Although distant the bird fed, flew, preened and even swam while I was there and I'm indebted to those friends who allowed me the use of their telescopes. Which were a good deal more use than my camera.
White rumped Sandpiper, Drayton Bassett,Staffs.
Local resident wondering what was going on, went largely unnoticed