Tuesday 7 October 2014

7th October 2014

Wind SW force 1 turning to W force 3/4 by late morning. constant rain. 
Rain was the order of the day from first light until early afternoon. The only obvious migrant first thing was a solitary Chiffchaff but it soon became clear there had been an arrival of Wrens with at least 12 birds present, along with six of each of both Dunnocks and Robins. However there was no sign of any of the recent Goldcrests. Later 3 Grey Wagtail and 1 Pied Wagtail moved through. Seven Brent Geese were near Little Eye as were four Wigeon. Wader numbers are building up around the islands with the most obvious being the 12,000+ Oystercatchers. 90 Curlew, 40 Bar-tailed Godwits and 58 Grey Plover were also noted. A sea watch prior to high tide produced 3 Red-throated Divers, 23 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Razorbill, 2 Guillemots, 4 Gannets and 56 Common Scoter. Forty Meadow Pipits were noted in-off during the seawatch. A Rock Pipit was on the edge of West Kirby Marine Lake.
(DB, CS + 1)

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