Sunday, 17 December 2017

17th December 2017

Weather: SSE 1-2, rain arriving during the morning

A red sky dawn soon made way for rain but didn’t dampen efforts in the field.

Great numbers of waders were making the best of no disturbance on all 3 islands with 6000 Oystercatcher, a dancing Ariel display by 8000 Knot over West Kirby beach, 250 Redshank, 175 Turnstone and 9 Purple Sandpipers which again favoured the North end roost sites.

It was also very much a duck day too with the first 3 Goldeneye of the Winter below the Obs, 2 Wigeon, 6 Scaup West of Little Eye, 5 Eider, 6 Teal and a female Goosander which drifted out with the tide towards Red Rocks.

Passerines on the main island included 7 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird and 3 Rock Pipit.  Nine Linnet were on Middle Eye.

A single Snipe was a bonus heading off the island.

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