Monday, 23 January 2017

Weather: SW-1-2, foggy to start, warm and sunny later

A cold grey winters day gave way to to a warm sunny afternoon and by 2pm the sun was as warm as an early spring day. The winter Goldfinch flock was in song and there appeared to be a higher number of Meadow Pipits than of late. The beach roosting Lapwing flock remains steading at 200 whilst small numbers of Curlew fed in the sea defence gutter. 

A suprise find was that of a Pink-footed Goose feeding in the paddocks off of Park Lane.  Whilst Pink-footed Geese are not rare at the Lighthouse they are always recorded as flyovers commuting between the Lancashire Mosses and Dee Marshes. We have only ever had a very small number of 'grounded' birds.

Raptors included Kestrel, Buzzard and a showy Sparrowhawk basking in the late afternoon sunshine.

A 2nd winter Med Gull was recorded in one of the flooded paddocks. After a notable period of abscence this is the second different Med Gull to have occurred within a week.



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