Saturday, 30 January 2016

Wirral Jaunt

Today was a toss up between North Wales and the Wirral, with the Wirral coming out on top.

First port of call was Burton Mere we didn't go beyond the Reception hide and only intended on a flying visit on the off chance of seeing a Water Rail which had been seen on occasion from the Reception hide, but no joy on that front.
We did get to see a Peregrine having a go at a Buzzard though, plus the usual suspects the high light being 3 Spotted Redshank.

Next place on the to do list was Hoylake for the Great Northern Diver, we had never seen the lake so choppy but we still found the Diver with easy as it so close into the side unlike the Red Throated Diver we saw late last year.  We watched the Diver for a while before retreating to the warmth of the car and moving on to New Brighton.

The target species at New Brighton was Purple Sandpiper I always love seeing Waders and Purple Sandpiper are one of my favourites alongside Sandling.
On first arriving the pontoons just held Redshank taking shelter from the wind,  but as the tide came in so did the birds in the end around 8 Purple Sandpiper were on show along with Turnstone and a single Dunlin.

Here are a few shots of the Mersey being whipped up by the wind.

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