Friday, 22 November 2019

22nd November 2019

Weather:  SE 3, 8/8 cloud, moderate vis

A brief visit to the islands saw good numbers of Brent Geese again but birds were well scattered along the reef and down the west side of the main island.  The sea produced 480 Common Scoters at mid distance with the vast majority of birds being apparent females.  Six Red-throated Divers and 15 Great Crested Grebes were also noted.

Meanwhile, nearby on West Kirby Marine Lake seven redhead Goosanders were present.  Formerly a very scarce bird at Hilbre and West Kirby Marine Lake Goosanders have increased locally and sightings are beginning to outnumber the declining Red-breasted Merganser.

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