BIRD WATCHING AND NATURAL HISTORY
We meet every month. Lifts are usually available by prior arrangement for members without transport. (Please phone or email the previous weekend.) Additional visits to coincide with RSPB and other special events.
We are a friendly group, with no pretence to being expert and decidedly not twitchers - this is Birding & Natural History for the Moderately Interested. We enjoy combining our sessions with a good pub lunch over which we can discuss the morning’s events.
For the first field trip of 2020 the group visited Hoylake Promenade for what was hoped would be a spectacular high tide wader roost, unfortunately for us Storm Ciara had other ideas. On arrival the weekend gales had eased some, however we decided that it would be unsafe to venture along the promenade so we drove down to the RSPB Reserve at Burton Mere Wetlands where we could view the wildlife from the shelter of the visitor centre. Despite the weather conditions we had a species count of 28 including excellent views of a Great White Egret and a quartering Marsh Harrier looking for its lunch, unlucky on this occasion. On a number of occasions a group of about 100 feeding Black Tailed Godwits would take to flight then settle for a while then take to flight once again each time giving us a spectacular aerial display of their agility and silvery flashes as they twisted and turned, a true wonder of nature.
There were also small groups of Pink Foot Geese flying high overhead, these geese will soon be departing our shores to fly north to their breeding grounds within the Arctic Circle before returning to our shores once again later this year.
The next trip is scheduled for Monday 9 March location to be decided, lets hope signs of Spring will be appearing.
contacts: David Chandler or Enid Peters
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