Wednesday, 29 October 2008

28th October 2008

A Great Northern Diver was on the sea west of the lifeboat house at about an hour after the tide, and then drifted passed the tide gauge and away to the north east. Another good record was of 2 Scaup down the east side, quite a scarce duck now at Hilbre, while a much more common was a sighting of 3 Wigeon. Two female Peregrines were seen to talon grapple over the pond, as another male killed a Knot on the east side.
Pale-bellied Brent reached 81, but no sign yet of any dark-bellied individuals nor the colour ringed bird that we have been monitoring since November 2005. Counts were made of 110 Bar-tailed Godwits, 75 Turnstone and 26 Grey plover and a number of Starlings and a Redwing went over, while 2 Goldcrests and a Blackbird were on the ground.

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