Monday, 21 August 2017

Wirral Waders

Headed for Hoylake to see what waders were on show during the high tide then I promised Gem we could go crabbing back at the marine lake at West Kirby.

The Sun was shining at there were plenty of waders on show Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Sanderling, and Knot we even had a Peregrine fly over to add to the spectacle. With the added excitement of seeing the launch of the Lifeboat and Hovercraft.














Summer Hols

Its been a while since I have posted anything, and to be honest apart from a trip out to see the Bee Eaters in Notts I have not done too much pure birding of late, more family days out with the odd bird seen along the way.
The same is true of our Summer Holiday over in Norfolk but not staying too far from Cley we did pop in during the evening for a walk before settling in for the evening. We did also squeeze in an hour at Titchwell on the way to the cottage as we couldn't get into mid afternoon.

High lights were a Marsh Harrier seen hawking over a field just outside Titchwell on our journey to the cottage, plus a Juv Water Rail that came out of the ditch in front of the hide at Cley never seen a juvenile before.


























Sunday, 21 May 2017

Buff Breasted Sandpiper

This week ends plan changed on Friday night as the usual happened we unusual / rare birds "the Friday bunk" this time it was the turn of the Spotted Sandpiper at Belvide to disappear.
But in rolls in plan B and this time its a lifer as well a Buff Breasted Sandpiper had turned up at Burton Mere Wetlands on the Wirral.
So we made plans to go on Sunday as Lesley was working Saturday, with Saturdays rain playing into my hands and probably aiding keeping the bird there off we went.

We didn't hang around the reception hide as usual and walked straight down for the Sandpiper and we were soon put on to the bird by the other birds already there.
It really was a great looking wader and was also kept company by quite a few Black Tailed Godwits, Dunlin and Redshank a nice little batch of waders were on show. The Buff Breasted Sandpiper was Johnny no mates and was always on its own the Godwits didn't actually like it being around them.









Walking back to the reception hide we got a view of a Great White Egret fly over and a single Cattle Egret in the trees.

Back at the reception hide the Godwits seemed in a mood and often squabbled over space, with some quite nasty fights breaking out.