Saturday, January 10, 2009

Cheshire Birding,
An excellent days birding at Moore nr and Warrington today. Its been a few weeks since I have visited Moore and it was quality birding as usual.
An adult yellow legged gull was the first gull of note seen on birchwood pool. Then an adult Caspian gull showed well to the group of 15 hardened gull watchers in sub zero temperatures shortly followed by a 2nd w glaucous gull. A juv iceland gull was then spotted amongst the thousands of gulls present. A leucistic black headed gull was seen in flight and its pure white plumage with just a dark leading wing edge was strikeing. Another juv iceland gull was on the ice at birchwood pool as was an adult med gull. Only the second time I have had 10 species of gull in one day.
It was then on to the eastern reedbed and a bittern drifted over the reeds after only a 10 minute wait . They had been showing really well only 20 mins before we arrived but I could not feel my toes so we made do with these brief views.
The waxwings in warrington gave us a merry run around but eventually 9 were seen briefly on Gainsbourough rd.

2nd w glaucous gull
2nd w glaucous gull

juv iceland gull

adult med gull

waxwings in Warrington

There is a bittern in there somewhere

Leucistic Black headed gull

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