Back in mid September on the 17th we headed off to the Wirral coast to watch the tide come in and enjoy the wader spectacle that often unfolds before at this time of year.
Heading for the Lifeboat station at Hoylake we took up position before the tide was due in giving Gem plenty of time to collect shells and basically enjoy playing in the sand, and to be honest so did Lesley and me.
Even early on we had plenty of waders to watch through the bins and scope Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Knot, Grey Plover were all fairly close in.
Eventually the tide came in and so did the birds bring with it a couple of additions to our wader list Oystercatcher, Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew and Sanderling.
It was fantastic watching the waders dashing around ahead of the tide and finally taking to the air in large masses.
Around the Lifeboat station itself was a single Wheatear.
We ended the day at Burton Mere Wetlands seeing the long staying Cattle Egret and a few basking lizards.