A good day in the Tame valley started at Shustoke Res with a couple of Ruff and a Common Sandpiper.
Common Sandpiper, Shustoke Res.
At Middleton Lakes RSPB there was a good range of species to be seen on the Jubilee Wetlands. Waders were represented by Ruff 2,Curlew Sandpiper 6, Dunlin, Ringed plover 4, Greenshank and Little Stint 4. Chats; Wheatear 2, Stonechat, and Raptors, Hobby 2, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. Whinchat and Marsh Harrier had been seen earlier in the day.
A selection of waders flushed by a pair of Hobbies
A message from Steve H.that there was a Garganey back at Shustoke had me heading back and sure enough the Garganey was there as well as 3 Ruff. The camera was called into action as all four birds spent some of the time close in to the shore near the car park. A very satisfactory end to an excellent day of local birding.
Ruff, Shustoke Res.