Thursday, 27 July 2017

26/07/2017, Weather, frequent heavy showers 

After a quiet few weeks at the Lighthouse a return of waders and sea birds have made sea watching a must, Dunlin numbers are starting to build and there is a few individuals that cause  you to have more than a second look with some being very rufous and others quite pale Curlew sandpipers not being too far away and the possibility of white rumped sandpiper and rare peeps make Dunlin flocks  very interesting.

Mediterranean Gull  GC 

Other waders included Curlew, Oystercatcher and Redshank  in there hundreds, Sanderling running the edge of the tide line at Hoylake , 10 Whimbrel flew over the western groyne earlier in the week , 2 Bar Tailed Godwit 1 at Hoylake was a very pale bird and 2 Common Sandpiper on the western groyne, 
Dunlin. GC
At least 2 Mediterranean Gull Have been seen between Hoylake and Leasowe and Common Gull numbers are starting to build with Autumn on the way , 
Good numbers of Sandwich Tern with varying plumage from juvenile , and summer adult birds to birds changing to winter plumage , with Common Tern passing over in ones and twos  and Little Tern  on Hoylake beach, August is always the best month for Little Tern on the North Wirral coast, 

Last Friday a Dark Morph Arctic Skua was seen flying north from the Lighthouse car park, 

Observers DH, KD, TK, GC

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