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January 2019

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

What a way to start 2019 !

Starting off the birding year at Hoylake looking for waders is now our Group's tradition and, as in previous years, we were not disappointed. Although the tide wasn't the highest and there was no wind which meant that the tide didn't come in as far as we hoped we still managed to catch up with many of our winter waders. Suprisingly, the first birds we found was a flock of about 200 Sanderling, rushing about the wet sand feeding in their very distinctive franctic way ! Other birds seen included Dunlin, Knot, a few Grey Plover and a single Bar-tailed Godwit, hiding amongst the Curlew / Oystercatcher flocks. Observation of the birds was cut short when a Peregrine arrived and tried to catch a meal. Unsuccessful, the Peregrine decided to land on the sand in front of us. Great for getting brilliant views of this lovely falcon but not so good for wader watching, as all the waders flew away never to return ! Usually we catch up with Common Scoter and the odd diver here but there was a sea mist which meant visibility was very poor. Plenty of Black-headed, Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls on the beach but only the odd Common Gull amongst them. As usual it was cold on the beach, so we all retired to a local coffee shop for a hot drink ..... and an odd bacon buttie !