Neston: Irish Encounter

Following a dip on Snowy Owl at RSPB South Stack, Angelsey I met up with Irish NGB James O’Neill and his partner Hannah to give them a tour of my neck of the woods, kicking starting at Neston Marsh. Here we had several of the Dee estuaries resident Great Egrets with a pair of Western Marsh Harrier and a single ring-tail Hen Harrier, with in addition to this 10,000 Pink-footed Geese out on the marsh.

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Pink-footed Geese (Anser brachyrhynchus)
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Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

Heading over to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, several European Green Woodpeckers were calling in the fields with one showing briefly in the village. The reserve its self held a great variety about, including several species not that familiar to Irish Birders: Spotted Redshank (2), Pied Avocet (99) and Western Marsh Harrier (1). Elsewhere on the reserve a rather dashing male Northern Wheatear was showing well in the evening sun in the crop field, whilst a Ruff was on the Main Scrape, pair of Whooper Swan at IMF with fantastic views of a Great Egret which came onto the Marsh Covert Pool. Having lived on the Wirral peninsula for 15 years, never had views quite like this before!

 

Ending the day was a real treat for James & Hannah, up to 3 Short-eared Owls gave a priceless performances in the last rays of light before we headed back to base.

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Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
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Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
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