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Saturday, 11 January 2020

Ho Ho Hoylake !

Ho Ho Hoylake !

Always a popular outing, the winter trip looking for waders at Hoylake beach did not disappoint the gathering of 30+ birdwatchers. Although the wind was strong, making birding difficult, and people walking their dogs on the beach made the birds 'jumpy', we managed to see a a good variety of waders with Sanderling, Dunlin, Knot, Redshank and Oystercatchers being the most numerous. A partially leucistic Oystercatcher made an unusual find amongst the many hundreds of 'standard' Oystercatchers. A small flock of Ringed Plovers plus a few Grey Plover and a single Bar-tailed Godwit provided the 'variety' we hoped for ! A flock of 70+ Brent Geese, feeding on the 'grass' now growing on the beach quite close to our watch-point, gave everyone an opportunity to gaze upon this most handsome goose! However, it wasn't all about waders and geese, we also managed to compare Great Black-backed, Lesser Black-backed, Herring, Common and Black headed Gulls as they all loafed around on the beach waiting for the tide to go out. Standing in the cold wind can be exhausting, so we decided to retire to Popsy's cafe on Hoylake promenade for a hot drink and something to eat ....... probably the best decision we made all morning !!