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Much better pics of the diver

Posted by on December 30, 2013 12:50 PM | 

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Many thanks for these pictures from Ralph Jones (above) and Phil Smith (below) of the superb Great Northern Diver on Southport Marine Lake taken yesterday in daylight!
Posting their pics from yesterday is much more fun than venturing out on a day as filthy as this, although a male Pheasant is a new arrival under the feeders at Dempsey Towers this morning.

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Thanks again fellas - and a happy new year to all.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


Great Northern Diver still on Marine Lake today.

Yep, today was the first chance I'd had to "twitch" the GND, and there it was showing well, very conveniently in front of one of the promenade shelters. Nice to be able to ignore the sheets of rain and gusty wind whilst enjoying what was a "lifer" for me, and a great way to start a new birding year. Southport/Marshside seems to be getting a bit of a reputation; as one visitor to the shelter said to me, there's not many places where you can pick up GND, Ross's Goose and Long-tailed duck within a few hundred yards of one another...
Happy new year to one and all.

G N Diver still present till lunchtime at least, 2nd Jan. North end of Marine Lake for anyone wanting to see it.

Hi John,
Saw 2 Short Eared Owls and a Rock Pipit over the high tide at Marshside today, with Long Tailed Duck on the Junction Pool and Great Northern Diver on the Marine Lake.

The countdown has begun for the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey – and more people in Merseyside than ever before are being called upon to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch (January 25-26)
Now in its 35th year, the popular event is fun for all ages and it couldn’t be easier to take part. Simply count the birds in your garden or park for one hour over Big Garden Birdwatch weekend and tell the RSPB what you see – but this year, there is a difference. For the first time ever in the event’s history, the RSPB wants to hear about the other wildlife which snuffles and settles in your garden or local park, to create an even better picture of what is happening to our wildlife.
To help you prepare for the Big Garden Birdwatch, there are plenty of events taking place in Merseyside throughout January – from discovering how to attract more wildlife into your garden to gaining tips on how to identify the creatures which live on your doorstep.
Go along to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands to learn how to recognise a variety of different garden birds and make your own delicious bird cakes to take home. ‘Who’s on the feeders’ events will be held at the reserve on Saturday 4 January, Saturday 11 January and Saturday 18 January, while the bird feeder making will be held on Sunday 5 January, Sunday 12 January and Sunday 19 January. Both drop-in sessions run from 11am – 3pm and are free, but donations are welcome to cover the cost of materials. Friendly, knowledgeable staff will also be on hand to offer advice about what scraps of food waste can be left out for birds this winter. For more information call 0151 353 8478 or email
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Or join the Liverpool Liverbirds RSPB Wildlife Explorers outside the visitor centre at Pex Hill to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch on Sunday 26 January at 10am. For further details and information on event charges, call 07587 155705 or email
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Happy New Year John.
Redhead Smew still on Hesketh Out Marsh yesterday 2/1 in hordes of Wigeon and Teal on the flooded salt marsh. Pretty quiet apart from the usual Merlin, Peregrine, Goldies, etc though.

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