Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Waiting for Doris

22/02/2017, weather: mild, occasional blustery showers strong north westerly winds .

Birding can be a very unpredictable hobby, some days you can go out full of optimism and you can return home very deflated other days you can go out with no expectations and return home buzzing with excitement today was more like the latter, 

With storm Doris fast approaching the winds have picked up in strength increasing the chance of a rarity or something unusual being blown in , Today it was something unusual in the shape of a Herring Gull (possibly Argenteus) with very pale yellow legs, possible reasons are hybridization , hormonal or maybe just a one 
Herring Gull (pale yellow legs)
in comparison with A typical Herring Gull (Argenteus) below Left
At Dove Point groyne the Greenshank was feeding in the gully along with a Little Egret,

The Linnet  flock continues to increase in numbers up to 30 birds  fed in the paddocks and were spooked by a very healthy looking now resident Pink Footed Goose

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine's Day

Weather: SE-3, cool, partly sunny.

A brief circuit of the paddocks mid morning produced little in the way of new birds. The winter Linnet flock remain in the paddocks as do a small flock of five Skylark. Our now 'resident' Pink footed Goose remains on site and is looking healthy and actively feeding. I wonder how long it will stay ? 

Kerr's field or as it's now referred to, Kerr's Flash remains flooded and continues to attract lots of roosting Gulls and Waders including 217 Lapwing and 34 Curlew.

Waders on Kerr's Flash

Resident 'Pink Foot'

Resident 'Pink Foot'

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

1st February 2017

Weather, SE- 3, sunny spells and clear

A spring like day today on Wirral. Although many birds were in song, winter was still very much evident as large Tit flocks roamed the coastal hedgerows. At least 11 Long tailed, 4 Blue and 2 Great Tits were recorded in one flock.

ThePink footed Goose remains in the paddocks adjacent to Park Lane. Other wildfowl included 3 Mallard and a drake Teal on the Birkett from lingham Lane. 150 Great crested Grebe were offshore as were 50 Common Scoter. The Scoter numbers are quite a change to the 30,000 we have been recording over the last couple of years.

Highlight of the day was a Woodcock which flushed from the grass verge in Lingham Lane and promptly dissapeared into the private horse paddocks.


Mallard (left) and Teal

Long tailed Tit

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

31st january

Weather; Cold occasional showers wind force 5.

Grey Wagtail GC

A very quiet day at the lighthouse , few notable birds on lingham lane apart from 3 Goldcrest  along the hedge rows and 1 Goldcrest on the nature trail.
The long staying Pink -Footed Goose, GC

The paddocks proved more lively with a flock of 12 Linnet feeding on the grass,
The  Pink-footed Goose that has frequented the paddocks for the past week or so is sat in the same position it has been for the last few days putting a question mark over its health 

  A  Grey Wagtail was the highlight from the Paddocks ( pictured above ) along with 3 Pied Wagtail , Also 21 Curlew Sought sanctuary  from the rough weather in the back fields.

The Greenshank  was in its favorite haunt of Dove point groyne, and a male Teal was swimming far out by the sandbank 
Lapwing numbers were down compared to sunday estimated at about 100 today, 

Moving on to kerrs field the regular Mediterranean Gull was nowhere to be seen at 11-30am, but good numbers of Black Headed Gull , 2 Herring Gull , 1 Greater Black Backed Gull and 2 Common Gull sheltered from the elements along with 2 Oyster Catcher, 1 lapwing , 7 Mistle Thrush were at the back of the new paddock giving there famous rattling call as they flew over


Monday, 30 January 2017

29th January 2017

Weather; very cold icy and clear , clouding over pm,
wind speed 0-5mph,

A very cold morning at the lighthouse with conditions ideal for a good mornings birding,
5 Bullfinch were in the area, 2 male and 2  female were in the trees along side the river birket and 1 male was in the gardens by kerrs field,

1 Kestrel flew in from the sea and perched on the lighthouse, A good vantage point for a very busy horse paddock which had  good numbers of Woodpigeon Blackbird , and 2 Meadow pipits,

2 very vocal Ravens  flew east over the brick pit , Ravens are becoming a regular visitor to the area, 

Mediterranean Gull (Tim Kinch)
At Dove point with the high tide fast approaching  the groyne was packet with waders, Lapwing , Oystercatcher, Redshank, Knot and Ringed plover all competed for position on the rocks, star birds were 1 Greenshank with a silver ring on its leg, and 1 Grey Plover,
Greenshank  (Tim Kinch)

Grey Plover (Tim Kinch)

Also in the area was 1 Mediterranean Gull in kerrs  field with a flock of Blackheaded Gulls
Observers; David Haigh  Ken davies, Tim Kinch, Graham Connolly

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Wednesday 25th January 2017

Weather; Fine and sunny with some fog patches. Wind SE F2

283 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Red-throated Divers and 2 Long-tailed Ducks were seen off Hoylake this morning. The lone Pink-footed Goose remains in fields off Park Lane, Meols.
2 Marsh Harriers, 2 ringtail Hen Harriers, a Merlin, a Short-eared Owl, a Greenshank, 40 Skylarks and 6 Rock Pipits were seen on or over the saltmarsh off Neston Old Quay today.

2 Water Pipits were along the freshwater stream at the Old Quay and another 2 were with 12 Meadow Pipits feeding in fields to the south of the sewage works. Also in these fields were good numbers of Thrushes including 20 Song Thrushes, 35 Redwings and 2 Fieldfares.
Redwing near Neston Old Quay.        EW

Water Pipit near Neston Sewage Works    EW
2 Chiffchaffs and 3 Goldcrests were in scrub bordering the sewage works. AMC, DH, EW
Chiffchaff;  Neston Sewage Works.    EW

Monday, 23 January 2017

Weather: SW-1-2, foggy to start, warm and sunny later

A cold grey winters day gave way to to a warm sunny afternoon and by 2pm the sun was as warm as an early spring day. The winter Goldfinch flock was in song and there appeared to be a higher number of Meadow Pipits than of late. The beach roosting Lapwing flock remains steading at 200 whilst small numbers of Curlew fed in the sea defence gutter. 

A suprise find was that of a Pink-footed Goose feeding in the paddocks off of Park Lane.  Whilst Pink-footed Geese are not rare at the Lighthouse they are always recorded as flyovers commuting between the Lancashire Mosses and Dee Marshes. We have only ever had a very small number of 'grounded' birds.

Raptors included Kestrel, Buzzard and a showy Sparrowhawk basking in the late afternoon sunshine.

A 2nd winter Med Gull was recorded in one of the flooded paddocks. After a notable period of abscence this is the second different Med Gull to have occurred within a week.