Wednesday, 16 November 2016

16th November 2016

Weather: SW 5/6 vis 10 mls, later W 7/8
Cormorants counted  leaving the estuary on the walk over numbered 221 and a Peregrine was disturbed on Middle eye.
Circa 7,000 Oystercatcher roosted on the islands over the high tide but were frequently disturbed by waves breaking over the top of Middle and the west side of Hilbre. About 50 Dunlin and 21 Redshank tried to roost on the top of the north end but again were driven off by the heavy seas and were later found in Niffy bay along with 23 Turnstone and 4 Purple Sandpiper. The only other waders noted were 23 Bar-tailed Godwits.
The rough conditions and waves breaking over the north end made a sea watch unwise.
The only other birds noted on this blustery day were a Rock Pipit, 3 Crows, 7 Wren, 3 Robin and a Dunnock.

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