18.06.12. Birdlog

18.06.12. Birdlog

42 Mute Swans, 91 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard and a lone drake Wigeon were present on No 6 tank.

A male Marsh Harrier quartering the rough grassland fields of No 5 tank for over an hour mid morning was a surprise! Only to be usurped by the dashing Hobby over the same area. Two sets of Peregrines and a pair of displaying Kestrels with loitering Buzzards just went to prove the abundance of prey items available here!

Images of Hobby by Phil Woollen taken on 16th June. Check Phil’s blog out for more of the same and his adventures on Hilbre Island and beyond.  http://wirralbirders.blogspot.com/

Two Avocets and a post breeding/bachelor flock of 100 Lapwing were note worthy.

A singing/calling Cuckoo was again present (holding back the big push south).

A good day for Butterflies with Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Peacock Butterfly basking up the warm sunshine (for a change).

Observers: Sparky and WSM