Sunday 6 February 2011

6th February 2011 - evening update

A very blustery day did little to raise expectations and the high tide was blowing over the top of the islands (see Middle Eye above where the roosting waders did their best to find shelter and respite from the elements).

However, wader species were much in evidence with Curlew (below left), Turnstone (below centre a colour-ringed bird from Hilbre) and Ringed Plovers (below right) all using the main island for roosting along with 11 Purple Sandpipers which sheltered on the East Side steps.

The undoubted highlight of the day was a fine first winter Glaucous Gull (a rare sight on the islands these days) that flew between Middle and Hilbre being chased by Oystercatchers (see below) and other gulls; fortunately it was superbly 'caught on camera' in flight.

The 'monster' then headed up the West Side of the island (see above) and was not seen again.
Another pale first winter Glaucous Gull was seen at Seaforth NR later in the week - perhaps the same individual?
(PSW) Photos PSW

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