2 Apr 2012

A mixed bag.

Not much happening on Hilbre at the weekend with the rush of migrants of previous days completely drying up. The only birds of note on a beautiful sunny day were the first two Sandwich Terns of the year that passed down the west side.

More locally a trip to the municipal recycling centre on Friday afternoon gave me an opportunity to check out the South Road pool. Amazingly amongst the Tufties, Shoveller and Teal was a pristine drake Garganey lurking right at the back amongst the reeds. Great stuff - this pond really is a hidden gem.

A male Ring Ouzel at Moore had Mr. Payne itching to get down there for his year list and as we were meeting up to check out a local Little Owl site (for his year list again!) we decided to change our plans and meet at Moore. The Ring Ouzel was showing well but distantly on the opposite side of the Manchester Ship Canal. A fantastic bird and one of my favourite spring migrants.

Next up were the Little Owls which unfortunately weren't showing as well as they have been and we were looking directly into the sun.

I've recently made a Little Owl box which we've located on private land nearby in the hope these diminutive Owls will take a liking to. With the UK population dropping sharply they seem to need all the help they can get.

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