Wednesday 8 February 2017

8th February 2017

Weather: N force 1/2, later SW 1      some mist
A calm day enabled sightings of 12 Great Crested Grebes, 72 Common Scoter and 4 Goldeneyes on the sea, along with the now regular 5 Scaup (3 males and 2 females). Six Skylarks were the only small bird movements over the islands, although 6 Wrens, 3 Robins, a Rock Pipit and a Meadow Pipit were visible residents. Waders counted included 4,000 Oystercatchers, 1,000 Dunlin, 400 Curlew, 200 Bar-tailed Godwits, 200 Redshank, 40 Grey Plover, 15 Sanderling and just a single Purple Sandpiper. A female Peregrine showed and 4 Little Egrets and 30 Shelduck were on the shore. At Red Rocks and just in the Hilbre recording area, 4 Common Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe and 4 Skylarks were seen.

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