A RUFF AT ALSTON WETLAND was a nice local bird a few minutes from home, when I popped out for a walk today. The wetland is looking very nice at the moment, now is a great time for rare shorebirds to turn up and maybe it will attract something else in the near future of the magnitude of the Killdeer Gavin Thomas found here a couple of years ago? I was away at the time, watching lots of killdeer in the USA, so if it happens next week it will be either Marsh or Terek Sandpiper... or Great Snipe! Also here were single Dunlin, Common Ringed Plover, Eurasian Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Common Oystercatcher and Common Snipe, a pair of Little Ringed Plovers and Gadwall of note. I must make the effort more often.