Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Wednesday 28th October 2015

Weather;  Mist and some drizzle early, becoming sunny later. Wind SE F1

A Merlin was observed hunting waders before the high tide this morning and a single Ruff, a Greenshank and a Rock Pipit were on the groyne amongst other waders. Ruff are very scarce here.
Offshore at high tide around 1,500 Scoters were seen off Meols, together with 3 Red-throated Divers. 550 Great-crested Grebes were noted off Leasowe together with a single Guillemot fishing close inshore.
Some overhead passage was noted including 21 Skylarks, 30 Meadow Pipits, 1 Grey Wagtail, 14 Chaffinches and 4 Jays all heading east.
Guillemot off Leasowe.     EW
Grounded birds in the lighthouse area included 7 Goldcrests, 4 Stonechats, 4 Reed Buntings and 10 Meadow Pipits. JB, MGT, CT, EW.
Meadow Pipit.    EW

Many thanks to Phil Woollen for providing information on the ringed Dunlin pictured in yesterday's blog. This bird was without doubt ringed in Poland. Although the details could not be read Poland is apparently the only country which uses white darvic rings with black lettering on Dunlins. 

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