Friday, 23 January 2015

Friday 23rd January 2015

Weather; Cold, light S.W wind. Early frost.

A slightly higher spring tide than yesterdays made for the expected dramatic scene of hundreds of displaced birds in the air at the same time at Neston Old Quay. Unfortunately though the expected Harriers and Owls seem to be restricted to the marshes north of here as none were seen. 
There were some interesting sightings, however, including a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Great White Egret, over 50 Common Snipe, a Jack Snipe and many hundreds of Pintail, Wigeon, Teal, Pink-footed Geese and other waterbirds.
The smaller stuff was equally impressive, with around 200 Skylarks, 30 Reed Buntings and 50 assorted Pipits, probably mainly Rock Pipits. 5 Rock and 3 Water Pipits were well seen on the ground.
Up to 3 Sparrowhawks were hunting the marsh vegetation for displaced smaller birds and one was seen to take a Reed Bunting.
A flock of around 50 Linnets contained at least 2 Twite. A Chiffchaff was at the sewage works. Observers KAD,DH,EW.
The flood tide on the Dee marshes with distant Great White Egret.   EW

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