Friday, 10 January 2014

Return of the Pipit

Weather: SW-2, Cloudy, drizzle later

The American Buff bellied Pipit was seen briefly again yesterday and again today between the Denhall Cafe and the bottom of Denhall Lane. One for the year listers and for those who didn't catch up with it just before Christams 2013.

The Great White Egret remained off boathouse flash, Parkgate, whilst the Wigeon numbers appear to have decreased and there has been no sign of the American Wigeon since Jan 5th. One of two Siberian Chiffchaffs fed in the tide wrack at the bottom of Denhall Lane.

Of wider Ornithological interest the link below describes the amazing migration of a Red necked Phalarope fitted with a tracking device on Fetlar and found to be wintering in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Peru. 

Red necked Phalaropes are exceptionally rare on Wirral so it's amazing to think that the bird below, found at the Lighthouse in 2009 may have made this same incredible journey. 


Photo: Phil Woollen

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