Sunday, 17 January 2021

17th January 2021

 A good number of waders at Hilbre low tide this morning, 6,000 Knot on the north shore (above) , also 120 Sanderling, 500 Dunlin, 80 Redshank, 1,000 Common Scoter and 4 Pintail off shore. A Great Crested Grebe was on the West Kirby marine lake, also 4 Goosander.

Saturday, 16 January 2021

16th January 2021

 Weather: WSW force 5/6

A high tide visit produced good counts of waders including 10,000 Oystercatchers roosting, including a leucistic bird .

 13 Purple Sandpipers roosted the tide (around the maximum expected in recent years),


Other waders showing well in the sunshine were 8,500 Knot, 650 Dunlin, 108 Redshank, 57 Ringed Plover, 10 Grey Plover, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 30 Sanderling and 136 Turnstone.

Two Red-throated Divers were the highligjt on the sea, also 4 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Guillemots, 250 Common Scoter. Residents seen on the island were singles of Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird and Rock Pipit with 6 Wrens around and about. Apart from the Scoter the only wildfowl comprised 6 Shelduck and a good mid-winter count of 285 Brent. The Kestrel is still on the island.

Friday, 15 January 2021

15th January 2021

 Weather: SSW force 3, slight mist

In an afternoon post tide visit, a Rock Pipit was found on Middle, as were 9 Linnets, while on the main island 3 Blackbirds and 2 Song Thrushes showed today. Only 2 Purple Sandpipers could be seen, although no doubt there were more; other waders noted were 120 Sanderling with about the same number of Ringed Plovers, 70 Grey Plover and 2,000 Knot. 

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

12th January 2021

Weather; N force 1, clear, lake district visible


A short visit found that the female Eider was still present, and the bright conditions enabled 3,200 Common Scoter to be visible from the island, also 8 Great Crested Grebes and 4 Red-throated Divers on the calm sea. Good numbers of Brent are still present, 280 counted today. Three Purple Sandpipers were among the waders, notable others were 220 Ringed Plover and 180 Sanderling. Both a Grey Heron and 2 Little Egret were present and the Kestrel was there.

Sunday, 10 January 2021

10th January 2021

 Weather: NW force 3/4

A total of 4 Eider today, and they were the highlight of the morning. Nine Purple Sandpipers were among the regular waders. The regular Kestrel still shows on the island. Seven hundred Common Scoter were visible from Hilbre of the many seen offshore from Hoylake.

Saturday, 9 January 2021

9th January 2021

 Weather: S force 1, W force 2 in the afternoon

A female Eider was present today, other wildfowl were 92 Common Scoter, 206 pale-bellied Brent and a single dark-bellied bird. Many types of waders were around including 240 Sanderling, 194 Turnstone, 5 Purple Sandpipers, 84 Grey Plover, 24 Bar-tailed Godwits. A Siskin was a passage bird, while probable winter residents were a male and female Blackbird, 2 Robins and 2 Rock Pipits. Noted on the sea was a Red-throated Diver and 3 Great Crested Grebes, while shore birds included a Grey heron, a Little Egret.

Thursday, 7 January 2021

7th January 2021

A quick trip across to the Observatory yesterday to check everything was ok after the recent spell of freezing weather and to carry out some necessary maintenance to the heligoland traps which have suffered the ravages of the weather. 

A Lapland Bunting was found on Middle Eye early morning but couldn’t be refound later. A colour ringed Grey Plover was seen in the gutter and turns out to be the same bird photographed in virtually the same spot last autumn.

A quick look at the north end produced a female eider before work commenced on the Newton heligoland trap. The west side wire had suffered badly and was replaced.

  Whilst working on the trap a large common frog appeared and was moved to a safer location. 

 The female Kestrel was still present and spent the day hunting voles in the paddocks.