Tuesday, 10 March 2009

10th March 2009

Highlight of a high tide sea watch were 2 adult male Eiders and 114 Common Scoters, otherwise only small numbers of the regulars with 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Crested Grebes and a Shag. The Brent stood at 137 (including 4 dark-bellied) and a good count of 330 Curlews roosted the tide on Middle.

The Stonechat has stayed longer than most and is still present, a single Redwing and a Pied Wagtail were among the very few other passerines on the island today.

After 16.00hrs, just when observers expected nothing more a Peregrine flew south west, a Common Buzzard (still a very scarce Hilbre bird) went east high over Middle, 2 Rooks (another scarcity) travelled west towards Wales and 5 Pintail flew east and then south east down the estuary.


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