Friday 15 January 2016

15th January 2016

Weather: NW force 2/3   cold, showers early

Approaching the islands, 3 Rock Pipits could be seen at the south end of Middle and 6 Linnets were also there. Noticeable immediately were a large gathering of Herring Gulls (5,000 plus) on the islands side of the east hoyle sand banks, the attraction soon became clear when many were seen eating starfish which had obviously wrecked in the area recently. A male Peregrine flew down the east gutter carrying its small wader prey. A single Goldfinch flew over and was the only small passerine apart from the regulars on the island, a Song Thrush was also present. Waders flocked on the shore towards West Kirby at the advancing tide, 5,000 Knot,1,200 Sanderling and at least 500 Dunlin, with 25 Grey Plover and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits also noted. The Brent were counted at 232 when they were west of Middle Eye on the flood tide.

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