A series of shots from Sefton Park, Liverpool of a 2nd winter Iceland Gull that has become a regular sight around the parks main lake. Not my first Iceland Gull of the year, most of my visits to Warrington since late January have proved successful, in connecting with the towns returning Iceland Gull.
Turn back the clocks to the 23rd of January and in the town of Stranraer at the southern point of Loch Ryan, Dumfries and Galloway, an adult Ivory Gull was found exhausted in a garden. The monotypic species is the only member of the genus Pagophila that originates from in the high Arctic where it … Continue reading Ivory Gull…
Following trips to Spain and Brazil (posts to come) earlier in the year, the British Year List was somewhat neglected and behind compared others in which I am having a year listing competition with. The latest additions to the 2019 list consist of a worthwhile trip up to Warrington, Cheshire for Iceland Gull and Bohemian … Continue reading Red-neck birding!
After a few days in hospital, I was glad to be back out on my feet and in the field. Currently a Common Loon has taken up residency at West Kirby, whilst a recent WeBS produced a handful of Purple Sandpiper at New Brighton. Elsewhere, Britain and Ireland's 9th Royal Tern showed it's self at … Continue reading Anglesey: Reaching milestones!
Back on home turf today, so it'd rude not to drop by the marine lake at West Kirby for the Great Northern Diver on site. A description species to the waters of the Wirral peninsula, one mostly encountered off North Wirral in Liverpool Bay, though every so often inland records do occour in West Kirby … Continue reading Great Northern Diver…
We've all had it, going through the records and finding species we could have if we started off a year or so before we got in the game. For me growing up in the north west, that ranged from the likes of Caspian Tern, Blue-winged Teal, Lesser Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Ross's Gull, White-tailed Lapwing and … Continue reading Little bird, big deal!!!
A quiet evening in was disturbed when images emerged on twitter of a 1st winter male Pied Wheatear on the seawall of Meols, Cheshire! A first for the county and the first BBRC Wheatear sp. to occur on the Wirral peninsula following multiple Desert Wheatear in Lancashire and North Wales. Given it was a county … Continue reading Pied Wheatear: Or is it?