Friday, 20 February 2015

Friday 20th February 2015

Weather; Cloudy, light westerly f2

The Laughing Gull remains in the New Brighton marine lake area. There are now 3 Snow Buntings on the beach in the Derby pool area, Wallasey.

At Neston Old Quay area the large spring tide caused the usual havoc with the local birds and mammals. The ever advancing waters disturbed over 100 Skylarks, 30 Reed Buntings and 50 Pipits, probably mainly Rock Pipits, from the outer marshes. Other birds seen from the Old Quay were 2 Merlins, 2 Peregrine, a ringtail  Hen Harrier, a Great White Egret, a Water Rail, and large numbers of Common Snipe, Pink-footed Geese, Pintail, Teal and Wigeon. A Water Pipit was on the Old Quay itself. Another Water Pipit was at the sewage works as were 4 Chiffchaffs.

The high tide also forced good numbers of assorted small mammals from the marsh. Many Field Voles emerged, with some running in panic between observer's legs and even over their feet. A Harvest Mouse was also well seen. Observers KAD, DH, MGT, EW.
Field Vole cowering from predators in a sandy hollow.  EW

Harvest Mouse, another refugee from the high tide.   EW
Harvest Mouse.   EW

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