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January 2012

Sunday, 22 January 2012

male stonechat perched on bramble

Ah well, at least it didn't rain !

Our band of intrepid birders set out from West Kirby in the bitingly strong wind and low cast skies to do a bit of serious birding. No 'fine weather ' birders here, just people who are prepared to 'suffer' for their hobby. The strong wind made standing still difficult enough without having the additional task of trying to identify the flocks of waders as they 'wizzed' by. Mixed flocks of Redshank, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Knot, Curlew and Grey Plover flew up and down the edge of the tide as it pushed closer in. Occasionally they would land for a few minutes only to be, once again, pushed on by the incoming tide. By the time we had finished we all felt pretty confident in differentiating between the various waders. A flock of over 150 Brent Geese rose up from the rocks around Middle Eye, flew around for several minutes before alighting on the still uncovered rocks around Little Eye. Closer to us we fond a lovely male Stonechat trying to stay out of the wind in the rough grass around the path as did a flock of feeding Linnet. We warmed ourselves up with a hot coffee in a local cafe and vowed to be back - perhaps when the wind had dropped and the weather was a little warmer !