Tuesday, 18 December 2012

18th December 2012

Mute Swans

Record shot of distant female Scaup
A pleasant day for a change with no wind and the sunshine making it feel almost balmy. A flock of 42 Wigeon lanquished off the west side of Middle for an hour or so in the morning, while at the same time an even larger flock of 78 Teal flew north east off the west side but were not seen again. As observers watched the now familiar female Scaup off the north end, 6 Mute Swans flew east over the slipway towards the north Wirral shore. Surprisingly no Purple Sandpipers could be found on the low tide, but 120 Turnstone were present and flocks of 50 and 60 Sanderling flew west.
(DB,CJ)       photos CJ

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