Saturday, 27 September 2014

27ty September 2014

Weather: NW-1-2, variable, sunny and warm later.

Life at the Lighthouse was pretty quiet today with just a handful of Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests feeding amongst the coastal sallows. 

With a favourable mid day tide most effort was concentrated at the Hoylake high tide roost. As the tide flooded the wader count included Sanderling (350), Dunlin. 150, Knot, 17, Curlew (135), Bar tailed Godwit (1) , Ringed Plover(65) and Grey Plover (9).

Two Brent Geese  were picked up just beyond the tide line flying west, presumably to join the wintering Hilbre flock. Other birds over the sea included Common Scoter (370), Red throated Diver (8), Sandwich tern (2) whilst a Peregrine kept a watchful eye over the proceedings.

The highlight amongst the large Gull flock on the foreshore were two Scandinavian Herring Gulls (Larus Argentatus). Picked out by their larger size, darker mantle colour, extensive white primary mirrors, heavily streaked head and nape and to me, brighter pinker legs. The distant record shot below shows at least some of these features,  I hope ! 


Scandinavian Herring Gull, centre top of picture. (AMC)

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