Well with a high tide due around lunch it was time to head up to the Wirral (first time this year), we had decided to head for New Brigton first off in the hope of seeing Purple Sandpiper and for me to get a better shot of one.
Made our way to the Marine Lake firstly here there were plenty of Black Headed Gulls and a single Lesser Black Backed Gull. On the pontoons were are mixed group of waders consisting of Turnstone, Dunlin, Redshank and a couple of Purple Sandpipers. Although these were tucked away so I couldn't get a shot. So we headed down to the Life Guard Station in the hope of maybe getting a shot of one there, but when we turned up there were no waders around just a few gulls on the beach.
After this we headed for Inner Marsh Farm as it was on the way back home any way. Called in at Burton Marsh for some where to eat our butties we did manage to find a Hen Harrier (ring tail, never seen a male one yet) and Raven out in the gloom across the marsh.
Inner Marsh held the usual suspects Brambling, Linnet, Goldfinch on the walk down with Golden Plover, Lapwing, Shovler, Pintail, Teal, Curlew and Redshank on the pools.
On the way back to the car we saw a rather pale ringed Buzzard in the field on the wall which added to the days total.
Getting back home we had a garden first in the shape of a male Black Cap, often hear and see them in the woods over summer but this is a garden first!
Managed to grab this shot in full afternoon gloom, hopefully it will stick around and I can get a better shot.