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:
|Motacilla alba yarrellii