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Seawatch 20.07.08

Posted by on July 20, 2008 8:03 PM | 


PIcked up Bazzo this morning and after weaving around the snakes of Open traffic in Southport, got down to Freshfield for a seawatch off the Tobacco Dump, from 11am to 2pm.
Although the wind was still good and brisk from the north west, it was fairly quiet - no Stormies - but from Mike Stocker's comment (see previous entry) the birds were obviously holed up in the river mouth of the Mersey still - wonder if they'll be there tomorrow?
May have a look on the way home from work.
Anyway, best bird for us from Formby Point was probably a fine full adult Mediterranean Gull that cruised up the beach past us twice in the bright sun - a gorgeous bird.
Aside from that, there was a clear southerly passage of Arctic Terns, but most of the stuff was out on the horizon - including a very distant Bonxie.

Great Crested Grebe 2
Manx Shearwater 3
Gannet 48
Common Scoter 17
Arctic Tern 119
Bonxie 1
Mediterranean Gull 1
LBB 35
Common Tern 93
Sandwich Tern 31

A few small groups of waders went past on the high tide, mainly Dunlin ,Sanderling and Barwits, but it'll be a week or two now before the next good tides, and with high pressure forecast, it'll be back to checking the bushes - the Irish Sea Willow Warbler movement is nearly upon us, and there's always a chance of something else.
Now that the Glossy Ibis has returned to Marshside, after its world tour of Inner Marsh Farm and Martin Mere, the marsh'll be back to normal too.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


I had your Med Gull roosting on Birkdale beach about 600m south of Weld Road at 3.00pm this afternoon. As you say, smart bird!

Hi John
5+ Med Gulls ( +2s) in Walton Park, Liverpool yesterday morning.
Seawatch 20/07/08, Hilbre Island, Wirral:
7+ Storm Petrels
20+ Arctic Skua
2 Fulmar
1 Great Crested Grebe
4 Gannet
6 Common Scoter
3 Arctic Tern
7 Lesser Black Backed Gull
100 + Common Tern
100 + Sandwich Tern
5 Little Tern
2 Kittiwake

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