Birdwatching Group 2 Report 13th November 2019

A group of five met up in the lower Waitrose car park  and set out in the rain, but by the time we reached Parkgate, on the Dee Estuary, the weather was dry, and it continued to improve all day.

The Bath House car park, in the two hours up to high tide, was very rewarding with good views of a pair of Marsh harriers and then a female (or possibly juvenile) Hen Harrier in combat with a persistent crow. There were many sightings of Kestrels and a passing Merlin flew in and stood for several minutes in front of us.

We were all feeling fit so we drove down to Station Road near Burton and walked along a stretch of the Wirral Way  to Burton Point where with help from a local birder we picked out a Little Owl in a tree, unconcerned at our attention. See if you can spot him in the picture below.

After that we resorted to Burton Mere RSPB for lunch and a coffee. The reserve seemed a little quiet but all the usual birds there, and in the end, on counting up, it seems we have seen 49 species on the day:

Beautifully camouflaged in the bare bush, this little owl was one of a trio that fledged at Burton earlier in 2019
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus
Greylag Goose Anser anser
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
Gadwall Anas strepera
Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Merlin Falco columbarius
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Fulica atra
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Woodpigeon Columba palumbus
Little Owl Athene noctua
Magpie Pica pica
Jackdaw Corvus monedula
Rook Corvus frugilegus
Carrion Crow Corvus corone
Raven Corvus corax
Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
Great Tit Parus major
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Nuthatch Sitta europaea
Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
Redwing Turdus iliacus
Robin Erithacus rubecula
European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola
Dunnock Prunella modularis
Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba  yarrellii
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Greenfinch Chloris chloris
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Linaria cannabina
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