Missed out on the high tide day trip to Heswall and consequently the red throated diver, but managed a late afternoon trip to a stormy Crosby beach with hubby who thought climbing dunes would be good exercise, that idea didn’t last long! Dipped on the snow bunting that’s supposed to be about.
But caught up with a large ‘parcel’ don’t know where that collective comes from! of Linnets up to 30 flighty ones, lovely to see.
Sunday saw me chomping at the bit to follow up another snow bunting lead from twitter. Once again non birder hubby dragged out with the promise of a stroll from the kings parade to leasowe lighthouse and back.
The beach ws busy the local coasguards when on exercises, a hovercraft was out at tthe water edge- just as well as the liverpool echo later reported ' A family were rescued by the RNLI Hovercraft after they were nearly cut off by the rising tide. Coastguards stopped a training session carry out a real life rescue at New brighton yesterday.Two men and two young girls had walked out to a sandbank on the beach at around 11.30am and became stuck.'
|Snow buntings on strandline|
Mission completed now for the stroll. Pied wagtails flitted around the breakwater but am unexpected encounter left me surprised, pleased as I hadn’t seen one in the wild close up and little sad, because this was female scoter, sitting on the shore close to the sea, I’m more used to viewing these sea duck s through a telescope way out to sea.
On the return leg a turnstone and a couple of sanderling treated us to a reasonably close view, again on the waters edge.