Friday, 23 January 2015

23rd January 2015

Weather: SE force 4 with significant windchill
A male and female Wigeon were noted, also the male Common Scoter of recent days.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

22nd January 2015

Weather: light air, misty first thing
A group of 434 Grey Plover were near Little Eye today, another increase on recent numbers, and other birds counted on the flood tide were 160 Curlew, 180 Sanderling, 7,000 Dunlin and 5,000 Knot. A flock of 10 Wigeon flew west. Wrens seem to be the most numerous passerines wintering at the moment with 8 recorded today. The resident rabbit has been seen every day this week.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

21st January 2015

 Weather: ENE force 2, showers later
Brent Geese

Grey Heron by the island pond
A Merlin was noted today, they have not been regular visitors this winter, a Rock Pipit was at the north end, 15 Common Scoters included a male that has been around near the island recently. Six Purple Sandpipers and 25 Grey Plover were on the list.
(KMc+SD)    photos  KMc

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

20th January 2015

Weather: SE force 3
The Cormorants exiting the estuary at dawn reached another peak this morning when 3,884 moved out, all this time passing to the east of the island. On the east hoyle at ebb tide 345 Grey Plover and 590 Curlew were counted, the Grey Plover being an improvement on previous counts. Good numbers of Purple Sandpiper again (10) was encouraging in view of the very low numbers so far this winter. sea birds noted included 3 Red-throated Divers, 65 Common Scoter, and 16 Great Crested Grebes.

Monday, 19 January 2015

19th January 2015

Weather : N force 2
Cormorants were monitored exiting the estuary this morning from a high vantage point that overlooked both sides of the island, enabling birds to be counted as they approached from the south west. An all time record of 3,336 were noted during a 45 minute period soon after dawn, prompting the question of exactly where they spend the night, as such a massive number have not been reported in the lower part of the estuary. Best bird of the day was a adult male Eider flying passed the north end towards the south west, which had also been seen from Hoylake (JET). A flock of 7 Wigeon spent some time in the east gutter before flying to Wales, a single Teal had been with them briefly.
Not one Purple Sandpiper could be found at high water, and then suddenly 12 appeared 2 hours later. This is a record for this winter and it is possible they could have been disturbed from elsewhere (New Brighton?).
Purple Sandpiper with Brent Geese

Turnstones numbered 290 at high water. East hoyle counts of waders included 235 Grey Plover and 418 Curlew. Sea watching produced 100+ Common Scoter and 30 Great-crested Grebes. Eight Wrens are about the island so they seem to be surviving well during the cold spell. A good list of 36 species today for midwinter, amongst them an immature Shag, a Peregrine, Sanderling (left), Ringed Plover and 2 Little Egrets.
(DB,CJ)                       photos CJ

Sunday, 18 January 2015

18th January 2015

Weather : N force 5
Thirty five Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

17th January 2015

Weather : W 3, later NW 4/5, sleet squalls
One dark-bellied Brent and 200+ pale-bellied Brent, including 3 colour ringed, 6,000 Oystercatchers, 2,000 Knot, 2,000 Dunlin, 70 Shelduck, 280 Curlew, 70 Grey Plover, 2 Purple Sandpiper.