Despite the light winds sea-watching was the main focus again today. Divers were much in evidence with 6 Red-throateds and single Black-throated and Great Northern, however, perhaps surprisingly these weren't the highlights. A single Leach's Petrel passed west by at 10am much to the surprise of the observer as was a very late Sandwich Tern which passed east towards the North Wirral shore.
Up to 36 Kittiwakes were counted as were 16 Great Crested Grebes. As the tide ebbed more observers arrived from the mainland not really expecting much however two more Leach's Petrels (making it three for the day) were found passing west close inshore on a now almost flat calm sea.
Purple Sandpipers had increased to eight birds and there were five Little Egrets around.
Passerines were again in short supply although Song Thrush, Starling and Skylark were all new, whereas the 2 Rock Pipits were almost certainly resident (at least one bird bearing a ring).
[DB, NDW et al]