Friday, 29 August 2014

Weather: SW-3/4, overcast and rain.

With the inclement weather at the Lighthouse today attention again turned to wader watching at high tide at Hoylake.

An Arctic Skua roosted on the sand briefly at Kings Gap just prior to high tide before eventually flying off to chase passing terns.

At least one Curlew Sandpiper was found among the 3000 Dunlin, 300 Sanderling, Bar tailed Godwit and Whimbrel on Hoylake shore whilst yesterdays adult Yellow legged Gull remains in the gull roost.

A flock of 6 Goosander flew west mid morning. A hurried photograph through the lounge window was the best that could be achieved as they quickly continued their journey low over the sand.

3 of the 6 Goosander (AMC)

Record shot of 6 'Red head' Goosander (AMC)

Whimbrel (SRW)

Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper (SRW)

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