Wednesday, 13 January 2016

13th January 2016

Weather: SW force 1/2, bright but cold
A very quick visit before the tide enabled a Blackbird to be the first bird to be ringed this year (left, CJ). Also present was a Song Thrush, a Dunnock and several Meadow Pipits. A look around the island before the tide rushed in found a Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebes, many Turnstones, 2 Purple Sandpipers, and a few Dunlins and Ringed Plovers.
A visiting birder staying the tide noted the following: 48 Brent Geese (all pale-bellied)
3 Red-breasted Mergansers
800+ Common Scoter (all but a few very distant)
5 Red-throated Divers (+2 unidentified Diver spp - prob also Red-throats)
4 Great Crested Grebe 1 Peregrine 1 Great Skua.
Andy Thomas writes about a fascinating incident during the day: A mini-drama about 45 minutes after high tide:  a Peregrine hit Middle Eye and got an Oystercatcher but when mobbed by a couple of crows dropped it on the water. Great Black Backs tried to get in on the meal but were driven off by a Bonxie which then sat on the tide and ate the victim while drifting past Hilbre and out into the bay shadowed by unhappy gulls and a Red-throated Diver that came to see what was up. All very tasty!
(AEH,CJ, et al) also Andy Thomas

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