Monday, 20 December 2010

20th December 2010

South east and mist produced an excellent day for species (40 recorded) and numbers. Wildfowl was much in evidence with 600 Shelduck, 43 Wigeon, 2 (m & f) Pintail, 5 Goldeneye, 66 Scaup and 12 Pink-footed Geese recorded.

Not to outdone waders were also well representsed with 21 Purple Sandpipers (equalling the current winter peak count), 29 Lapwing passed over in small groups and a Little Egret was noted. However, the highlight of the day was a Jack Snipe - very unusual at Hilbre and no doubt brought in due to the extreme weather currently being experienced. It flew low over the gate in the Obs garden.


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