|Hedgehog, Cottam, 28/9/13|
|Great Crested Newt, Cottam, 28/9/13|
More locally Little Grebes are
showing well on Sefton Park Lake, with one adult bird feeding a striped
plumaged juvenile; this must prove that they have raised two broods in the park
this year, with two ages of juvenile on show on the lake, other birds included
4 Grey Wagtails, Chiff Chaff, 15+ Swallows, and family of Nuthatches near to
the café, the family of Mute Swans with four surviving young, and a female
Tufted Duck. Nearby I had 4 Common Buzzards over Camp Hill on Saturday,
continuing their colonisation of the suburbs, and 2 Ring Necked Parakeets, and
4 Mute Swans at Greenbank Park.
|juvenile Little Grebe, Sefton Park, 27/9/13|
|Little Grebes, Sefton Park, 27/9/13|
I have been involved in a Pink Footed Goose survey on the mosslands over the last week, which has turned up some fantastic birds, from my situated vantage point to the East of Haskayne I have seen a pair of Marsh Harriers on each visit since last Monday looking towards Downholland Moss, female Merlin, female Peregrine, 2 Little Owls, and a juvenile female Sparrowhawk pursued and killed a Red Legged Partridge last Friday and continued to pluck the bird in full view for over an hour, other birds have included 3 different Kestrels, another Sparrowhawk, plenty of Common Buzzards, Wheatear, my first Redwing of the Autumn, 90+ Goldfinch, 45+ Linnet, 250+ Red Legged Partridge (with one covey this morning holding over 60 birds) and best of all an Osprey this morning which left its overnight roost in trees towards Plex Moss shortly after first light. Apart from these great sightings the Pink Footed Geese put on a great show as they left their roosts, with the majority of birds feeding just outside our survey area on Plex Moss which held 5000 birds this morning and smaller numbers of 650 near to my vantage point at Haskayne.
Things are really starting to heat up in the North-West now with a Blyths Reed Warbler, Common Rosefinch, loads of Yellow Browed Warblers, Lesser Scaup, and Glossy Ibises seemingly everywhere and this is only today! A little road trip may be required.