Sunday, 20 February 2011

Weekend Jaunts

Well decided after a busy week at work to chill out with a spot of proper birding this weekend.

Saturday's plan was to hopefully see the Great Grey Shrike on the Chase that has been showing around the cadet huts for a while now, and after seeing some great shots by various chaps on the bird forum it was my turn.

Well Saturday turned out to be a damp grey horrible day but Lesley and me still gave it our best. Nothing was really seen around the cadet huts on our walk, just Green Woody and Goldcrest of interest. It was really quite not many birds singing but it didn't feel like spring though so I can't blame them.

Sunday was to be spent on the Wirral to see the big tide at Park Gate usually I am stuck in the lab at work but this one fell on a weekend so it was my chance to see one.

First headed up for New Brighton to try and grab that perfect shot of a Purple Sandpiper, but the light conditions and the fact they had already come into roost put an end to that plan.

So we headed off down the coast to Park Gate, we thought as we were due to get there around 11:00 parking at the Boat House car park would be a easy bet, boy were we wrong. The car park was already full when we turned up. So we parked along the sea wall, and walked back along the road.
Was good crowd and hada good natter to a few folk including a few chaps from Manchester way.
Plenty of action out on the marsh with Merlin, Peregrine, Hen Harrier and Short Eared Owl all putting in show.

Saw a couple of Voles swimming for safety but didn't have to fish them out as they each found a safe place to hide up in.

Were even a couple of boats going up the channel which before the water level rose looked quite strange.

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