Thursday 13 December 2018

13th December 2018

Weather:  SE force 4/5 cold with windchill
A typical winter movement today of 9 Lapwings flying low to the south, also a Common Snipe which sat at the north end until moved by the incoming tide. The female Eider was still about but was the only duck species seen all day. Principal wader sightings included 4 Purple Sandpipers and 244 Turnstone on the island and 1,500 Knot roosting along the West Kirby shore. A Red-throated Diver and 204 Common Scoter were out to sea. Brent were counted at 193. An adult female Peregrine showed, while more sedentary land birds included 2 Song Thrushes and 2 Robins. On the mammal front fresh evidence of fox droppings were seen, but nevertheless at least 4 Field Voles survive.

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