Tuesday, 25 November 2014

25th November 2014

Weather: SE-2, sunny and mild

A fairly quiet day today at the Ligthouse with few passerines bar the resident Linnet flock in the paddocks. Even the Twite hasn't been seen for a couple of weeks now. A pair of winter territory Stonechat were in Kerrs field just east of the Lighthouse and  another pair were in the dunes at Leaswowe Bay.

Over high water a number of waders roosted on the Western Groyne including, Dunlin (200), Knot(8), Redshank (35), Turnstone(9), Lapwing (12) and a Grey Heron.

The most notable bird of the day however was a Short eared Owl. Whilst Short eared Owl is recorded annually at the lighthouse what was unusual was this bird spent 45 minutes 'quatering' the waves far out to sea over the East Hoyle Bank. After some attention from 3 gulls the Owl eventually drifted off very high west.

No bird photos today but a stunning sunset over Hilbre Island and North Wales. Taken from the house at 4pm; Its certainly getting dark earlier these days!!  



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