Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The worst picture ever of a couple of woodcock.

Prescot reservoirs,

5 woodcock showing well in the headlights of the van this evening. Also tawny owl, redshank, peregrine,1wigeon m, 98 pochard, and 16 goldeneye

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Prescot reservoirs,
A big arrival of gulls between 11.30 and 13.30 kept me happily occuppied for a couple of hours. Mainly Herring gulls and a count of 900 was made. A constant flow of birds arriving and birds leaving probably makes the count under what it actually was. A large ammount of the gulls were argentatus. I would guess about 10% of the herring gulls were argentatus. Amongst the herring gulls were 4 Yellow legged gulls. 1 1st winter, 1 2nd winter, and 2 adult winter. I was hoping for a white winger amongst this large gathering but no luck today.
A bar tailed godwit on the causeway with the lapwing was a rare visitor to the reservoirs today
Also today,
900 herrring gulls
262 black headed gulls
111 common gull
33 lesser black backed
8 great black backed.
1 adult med gull
4 yellow legged gull
97 pochard
94 tufted duck
1 ruddy duck
9 goldeneye
30 mallard
219 coot
7 little grebe
2 great crested grebe,
21 canada
100 lapwing
9 skylark
1 peregrine
6 snipe

Saturday, November 10, 2007

New Brighton,
A leach's storm petrel struggled its way out of the river Mersey at high tide this morning. 4 kittewakes also during a 2 hour seawatch. A good November record.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Another image showing the yellow legs and feet

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Detail of primaries.
Yellow legged gull still present today and yesterday on pr4.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Prescot reservoirs

An Adult winter yellow legged gull was at prescot res today. I managed a few records shots which seem to show an unusual wing pattern. p10 has a completely large white tip and p5 has only the faintest black mark at the tip. Maybe this is a bird from the eastern end of the range.Olsen/larsson say a completely white tip is more common in eastern mediterranean/black sea populations sometimes show white tip to p10 and only narrow black markings on p5. Any suggestions welcome from you gullers out there.
Also today,
Adult w med gull,11 wigeon,11 shoveller,49 pochard, 43 mallard,6 goldeneye 1m 5f,120 tufted duck, 2 f ruddy duck,4 little grebe, 1 siskin, 3 redwing, 1 stonechat and a peregrine.
I have not been able to get out birding lately but here are some recent reports from Prescot reservoirs.
2 Nov 3 whopper swans
1 Nov 115 fieldfare
31 Oct adult yellow legged gull
30 Oct 5 stonechat
21 Oct 163 fieldfare, 43 redwing, 2 stonechat and 1 ring ousel