Bit of late news from John Bannon today _ "late" only because I forgot about the bloody e-mail!!!!!
Anyway, here's John's records:
* Aintree racecourse, 11/1/06: 273 curlew; 190 lapwing; 200 rook and 1,000+ starlings.
* Green beach, Birkdale, then Nucks Wood (in the bowels of the mosses, near Martin Mere _ think "Deliverance" crossed with "Last of the Summer Wine"), 8/1/06: 4 Jack snipe on beach, 2 at Nucks; 30+ snipe on beach, 17 at Nucks; 5 stonechats (beach) and 101 gadwall (Nucks).
I went looking for ring billed gulls yesterday, although both the adult and second winter birds eluded me at Crosby marina AND coastguards station at Hall Road....no yankees perching on the roof for me today, but I'm sure I'll connect with one of the two birds in the next week or so.
Apparently the Rice Lane waxwings are proving a bit awkward if the crestfallen looks on birders' faces I saw yesterday are anything to go by.
On the upside there were 13 skylarks on Crosby beach, and eight corn buntings are wintering in the dunes north of the boating pond.
I saw corn bunts out on Plex too, where they'd be more expected, but aside from a hu-mungous flock of pink feet and a few fieldfares, the moss was as winter quiet as you'd expect.
13+ goosanders are at Mere Sands, and there's a reasonable-sized redpoll flock in the woods north of Fisherman's Path at the moment, but I haven't had a chance to go looking for them yet _ wouldn't a north west Arctic be nicey nice?????
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....