Thursday, 5 February 2015

A second Wirral Yank !!

Weather: Wind-N-1/2, sunny and cold

The 1st winter Laughing Gull continued to perform well at New Brighton Marine Lake, commuting between the beach and the Pontoon. Finders article coming soon!

A sea watch from Hoylake over the tide saw a good number of sea Duck yet again including over 1000 Common Scoter, 39  Scaup, 9 Goldeneye, 5 Red b Merganser, a drake Eider, 15 Red throated and 1 Black throated Diver 

The ringed Mediterranean Gull was also again in the Gull roost opposite the promenade Shelter 

Two Snow Buntings remain on Wallasey Shoreline.

Wader counts included 270 Curlew, 400 Oystercatcher, 280 Redshank, 900 Dunlin, 48 Grey Plover and 22 Sanderling.

Further south, Wirral's second American vagrant of the week was discovered at Burton Mere Wetland by Colin Wells; A drake American Wigeon was amongst 200 or so Eurasion Wigeon and showed well most of the afternoon. This bird  brings Colin's American Wigeon finds to an incredible tally of seven (so far) on the Dee/BMW

With two American vagrants now on Wirral who knows what else is out there waiting to be found. 

Laughing Gull (Austin Morley)

American Wigeon (AMC)

American Wigeon (AMC)

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