Saturday 25 November 2017

25th November 2017

Weather: NW force 4/5 gusty with hail showers, wind chill
A short visit in uncomfortable weather found 11 Eiders still at the north end of the island, but only 3 Purple Sandpipers were evident at the low tide. A group of 38 Bar-tailed Godwits fed off the east side with 40 Redshanks and a Grey Plover. A Common Snipe flew up from the east gutter and went off towards the West Kirby shore.
The choppy sea was hard to scan in the wind, but a Red-breasted Merganser flew west as did an adult and juvenile Kittiwake. Forty Common Scoter were seen at distance.
Several small groups of Starlings went through in addition to a flock of about 250 seen off the east side. In the paddocks were 2 Blackbirds and 2 Song Thrushes and a few Wrens and Robins.
Later in the morning a juvenile Peregrine sat by Little Eye and seemed unconcerned by any nearby activity.
Ringed: 1 Blackbird                                 [ 626- 35 ]
photo CJ

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