Friday, 4 September 2015

4th September 2015

Weather: SW-3/4 overcast with some sunny spells.

With the recent flooding of the coastal fields observers turned their attention to  'freshwater waders' . 

Amongts the many gulls using the temporary flood plain for bathing 14 Black tailed Godwit, 12 Lapwing and 3 Ruff also dropped in.

A Mute Swan was an unusual sight as was a number of other  wildfowl including Tufted Duck (4), Wigeon (1) and several Mallard.

Despite the hoped for 'Pec' not being found one lucky observer was more than pleased to find a juvenile Red backed Shrike. Initially found in reeds the bird was eventually obliging and performed well in a nearby Hawthorn.  

There are several records of Red backed Shrike on Wirral (mostly from Red Rocks) however this is our first ever for the Lighthouse region and long expected. 

The bird performed well and was present until dusk.


Red backed Shrike (AMC)

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