Saturday, 14 November 2015

14 November 2015

Weather: S-2, overcast with heavy rain later. Very cold

After yesterdays maelstrom of wind it was all calm on North Wirral today.  We had a pleasant morning before the weather closed down in the afternoon, when it became very grey, cold and wet.

High tide at Hoylake was the place to be with good numbers of gulls and waders gathering on the foreshore as the tide flooded. Offshore a couple of wind driven Bonxies continued to loaf amongst the larger Gulls although they were always quite distant.

An adult Med Gull was located preening amongst the 1000's of roosting Gulls and showed well when not obscured by a larger Herring Gull. As observers watched the Med Gull, a female Long tailed Duck found by (EM) flew in and landed for some time in the water at the tide edge. Long tailed Ducks are only occasionally seen let alone photographed from Wirral so it's impressive that any photographs were obtained at all. To end a great day a male Snow Bunting was flushed by (EM) from the cycle track north of Hoopoe Hollow. The bird flew off north and was not relocated. -There's always tomorrow!!


All Photo's Elliot Montieth

Adult Med Gull

Female Long tailed Duck

Female Long tailed Duck

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