Sunday, 17 December 2017
Friday, 15 December 2017
It was a very quiet day but there was a large gathering of gulls (mostly Herring) on the East Hoyle sandbank after the tide, no signs of a wreck of either Starfish or Razors could be seen so the attraction remains a mystery.
Brent Geese were counted at 282 and over the tide they were very flighty with two separate groups looking as if they were flying out of the area but then returning.
Only 25 Common Scoter, 18 Shelduck, two Great Crested Grebe and the five Eider were observed on the sea.
Turnstone numbers had risen today to 152, but counts of other waders were lower than yesterday, with 2,200 Oystercatcher, 91 Curlew, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Sanderling, 150 Dunlin and 48 Redshank. However, 5 Purple Sandpiper were found hunkering down out of the wind on the west side.
A Rock Pipit was at the North End and the usual Wrens, Robins, Song Thrushes and a Blackbird were about the island.
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
The Brent were scattered around the islands this morning but at least 290 were present, out of which a search of those easily seen only produced two young birds, supporting the claim that they had a poor breeding season this year.
A look around the paddocks and gardens found the usual few Wrens and Robins in addition to 4 Meadow Pipits and 2 Rock Pipits, also a Blackbird and no fewer than 6 Song Thrushes.
Surprise bird of the day was a very late Lesser Redpoll that flew over calling, which was in fact the only finch of any kind seen.
A group of 58 Grey Plover had been near Little Eye first thing and later 32 Sanderling near the north shore.
On arrival back on the shore 2 Goosanders were found on the West Kirby marine lake together with 4 Red-breasted Mergansers and 3 Great Crested Grebes, but surprisingly still no Goldeneye.
Monday, 11 December 2017
NNE 1 later backing N and wind increasing, snowy Carneddi visible
Things seemed more promising than of late when a Reed Bunting flew over an observer on Middle and a second was heard later in the old obs. Other passerines flying over during the morning included 3 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail and 13 Starling. A Blackbird and 3 Song Thrush were still present on the island with a single Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit and 2 Linnet.
There was also a little more on the sea with the 5 Eider, 40 Common Scoter, 6 Great Crested Grebe and singles each of Red-breasted Merganser and Teal, 3 Shelduck flew east passed the north end. A large flock of Brent Geese flew in from up the estuary and landed on the Whaleback, they were counted at 248 and included 3 colour ringed birds (we have had five different colour ringed birds this winter so far).
Bar-tailed Godwit numbered 137 and included a flock of 110 which flew out of the estuary, other waders included 3 Grey Plover, 86 Turnstone, 12 Knot and 64 Sanderling.
Singles of both Grey Heron and Little Egret were seen, a Kestrel hunted briefly over Middle and when observers left the island, good views were had of the juvenile Peregrine which has been around for a while.
The Grey Seal haul out was predictably low (as is usual at this time of year) only 53 animals counted but a single Common Seal was noted.