Thursday, 2 April 2015

2nd April 2015

Weather:  NNE 2-3, 6/8 cloud

The scoter flocks off North Wirral can be seen distantly from the island and more were to the West of Hilbre with a very conservative 10,000 estimated today.  Three Red-breasted Mergansers and 5 Great Crested Grebes were also noted on the sea.

A couple of Little Egrets were seen and wader numbers were notable with 320 Turnstone an excellent count, 344 Curlew, 15 Ringed Plover more expected and just 25 Redshank and 5 Purple Sandpiper disappointing even for early April.

A Merlin was seen again this morning and a single Rock Pipit was at the North End.  The first couple of birds (Robins) of April were ringed late afternoon.

Robin - the first birds ringed this month (SRW)
Meanwhile a female Common Scoter made a brief appearance on West Kirby Marine Lake - a scarce bird here considering the vast numbers in Liverpool Bay at the moment!

Common Scoter (female) - West Kirby Marine Lake (WKML)

(DB & SRW late pm only) photos SRW [43-13]

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