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January 2013

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Who needs the Olympics for spectacular ceremonies?

Who needs the Olympics for spectacular ceremonies?

Always a good way to start the year - seeing (and hearing !!) literally thousands of birds. The wader high tide roost at Hoylake has been getting bigger over the years and this is why the group love coming here. As the tide approached, we were treated to a spectacular sight of over 30,000 waders. At times the sky darkened with the massive cloud of whirling birds. Large flocks would land and the mud of the shore came alive with the movement of thousands of birds jostling for position. Yet still more flew around looking for a place to rest, with the birds whirling and twirling like well choreographed dancers. The crowd of birders watched in awe as huge numbers of Knot, Dunlin and Sanderling with smaller numbers of Grey Plover (and one solitary Bar Tailed Godwit !) provided entertainment of high class quality. Even people just walking along the prom stopped to watch - becoming genuinely interested in what they were witnessing. No raptors today but we did manage to catch up with a flock of 20 Brent Geese resting on rocks off Red Rocks and a flock of about 15 Goldeneye, far out at sea. We can hardly wait for next year !!