Saturday, 26 July 2014

26th July 2014

Wind: light Southerly
Hot and sunny

There was a report of a Black Scoter off Meols today on the incoming tide.  There was a Scoter with lot of yellow on its bill but it is clear from the attached photograph that it was only a Common Scoter. Whether or not this was the same bird reported by the observer is not known although bird forums seem to subsequently indicate it had been re-identified as a Common Scoter.  The bird in the photograph appeared to be ill, being observed as having difficulty swallowing.  Perhaps this is why it was so unusually close to land.

Other than the excitement caused by this bird very little was around at Leasowe.  The Greenshank was feeding in the gully close to the groyne and a mixed flock of about 40+ Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Chaffinch were present in the horse paddocks.  The anglers at Lingmere Fisheries report a Kingfisher being seen early morning.  


Common Scoter (Jeremy Bradshaw)

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