Saturday, 16 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 .
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.
Friday, 15 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
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
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
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
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.