Sunday, 29 January 2017

Wirral Coastal Wander

As high tide on the Wirral was of a reasonable size and at around lunch time we decided to headed off that way and hope the rain held off (which it did).

First port of call was Kirby Marine Lake, we soon found a pair of Merganser out on the lake with a few Turnstone feeding around the shore line near the canoe club. Further along by the vantage point a large group of Dunlin and Redshank had taken up the boulders as their roost site they were giving great views and ever so often a group would fly in, a fantastic site and a great start to the day.

 We then moved the short distance to Hoylake Life Boat station this is one of our favourite spots to watch a high tide as it gives you somewhere to hide and great views to boot. Here the tide was moving in large numbers of Knot and Oystcatchers with a few Dunlin and Curlew thrown in for good measure. Then some movement on the strand line caught my eye, it was only a Snow Bunting! this was a great little find as we do love these birds and Lesley hadn't seen one for the year.

 As the tide was now well and truly in we headed off to have lunch at New Brighton and to grab a few Purple Sandpiper for the bag. We saw 6 birds huddled up with Turnstone and Redshank.

 Lastly we called in at Burton Mere we didn't manage to see the Water Pipit but we did spot the Snipe that was trying its best to blend in with the reeds.

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