Weather: SE force 1
Two Goosanders were on the West Kirby marine lake this morning, this species has recently become regular visitors here in the winter.
Meanwhile on the islands the capture for ringing of a female Sparrowhawk this morning is always a highlight for the ringers.
Less sucessful however was the ringing of thrushes that arrived early, particularly the several Blackbirds and Song Thrushes that were moving around the island on members arriving just after the early tide, only 2 Blackbirds were trapped.
Five Skylarks were recorded and a couple of dozen or so Meadow Pipits came through and a Grey Wagtail showed well on the rocks.
A Woodcock was disturbed from near the east slipway, but was not relocated afterwards. A small group of 8 Pink-footed Geese flew over and duck were well represented by sightings of 3 Wigeon and 12 Pintail. Purple Sandpipers did not show this morning but numbers of Redshank were good, 230 today, also 100 Sanderling. A Peregrine was the sole raptor recorded.
About 320 Brent Geese were present and included a single dark-bellied bird.
Rock Pipits numbered 11, which is a large count, most of them will be migrants that we tend to host at this time of year. Little Egrets also impressed with 8 birds, more than have been here over the last month or so.
Photos AEH, SRW
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