Monday, 5 January 2015

Monday 5th January 2015

Weather; Sunny for the most part, warm, wind S.W. f1.

A calm sea gave some good sea-watching conditions over the high tide at the lighthouse. Birds seen included 470 Great-crested Grebes, around 500 Common Scoter, 8 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and 2 Scaup.

Other birds seen in the area of the lighthouse included 4 Common Snipe,  47 Fieldfares, 32 Redwings, 15 Song Thrushes, 10 Mistle Thrushes, 120 Linnets, 10 Reed Buntings, a Bullfinch, a Stonechat and a Chiffchaff. 

The 1st winter Grey Phalarope remains on the Mersey at the Seacombe ferry terminal, ranging west to opposite the Ferry P.H. over the high tide period giving some great views.

The 2 Snow Buntings are now in the area just to the west of the Harvester P.H. being seen today mainly around the lifeguard station and on the beach just to the east of it. 

Thanks to srw for this video link of the Grey Phalarope

Observers, AMC, DH, JJ DK, EW, SRW

Grey Phalarope.  EW

Snow Bunting , David King
Grey Phalarope (AMC)

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