Trip reports

Sunday 12th September 2021 Leasowe and RSPB Burton Mere

Sunday 12th September 2021 Leasowe and RSPB Burton Mere
Brian Lyon

Sunday, 12 September 2021

The weather was cloudy but not a breath of wind at the coast so we didn't freeze ambling along. The tide however was out so we only had poor views of birds at the water's edge through telescopes. We did have good views of birds which love mud and the shallow pools close to shore.

It was fascinating watching a carrion crow smashing cockle shells to get at the juicy creature inside. He obviously hadn't read the notice forbidding fishing for cockles at this time of the year! Oystercatcher, curlew, redshank, little egret and grey heron were also seen looking for food. Herring, black-headed, lesser black-backed and greater black-backed gulls were also present. Pied wagtails were also observed along the stone embankment bordering the estuary while swallows and house martins were flying low over the coastline. Goldfinches, linnets, wheatears, robins and stock doves were seen in the scrubby vegetation inland of the shoreline. A raven was seen flying overhead and some mallards were swimming on a small pond while a great spotted woodpecker drew attention to himself by calling while sitting erect in the top of a dead tree.

It started to rain as we left to have our sandwiches overlooking the Dee estuary in the car park at Parkgate. Nothing was spotted flying over the marsh and so I went home while more intrepid members continued onto Burton Mere for a successful afternoon bird watching in the rain! They stopped enroute in front of the Parkgate shops to look at the pools in the reeds and were favoured with views of spoonbills.

The following species were seen at Burton Mere: great white egret, cattle egret, lapwing, snipe, black-tailed godwit, greenshank, ruff, Egyptian goose, coot, moorhen, little grebe, ruddy shelduck, pintail, shoveler, wigeon, teal, gadwall, blue tit, great tit, sparrowhawk and buzzard. They had a good haul which made the drenching worthwhile!