TT’s Wirral Winter Wander 23.02.16

Sibelius Two in background does play,

As I begin to review our Wirral day

Which Team Tuesday, plus Kenny’s crew,

Did savour every drop of golden hue.


The pre-walk gave hint of a day divine,

As Skylark gave of their song sublime,

Whilst waders and Wildfowl swept about;

There was in the air success no doubt.


By Ten am all were safely gathered together,

Ready indeed to savour birds and good weather.

Thus after handshakes and smiles from ear to ear,

All moved off along Denhall Lane in good cheer.


Little Egret plus Lapwing lit up sun-blessed sky,

Whilst Starling in tight flight did collision defy.

A stop to see what the Decca Pools might reveal

Added interest aplenty with Wigeon and Teal.


We then resumed our amble to Neston Quay,

A Reed Bunting in song we stopped to see.

A Stonechat pair caused a similar stop;

The male’s breeding plumage looking tip-top.


The views from Nelson’s Port of loving beguile

Gave waders quite distant and Hilbre Isle.

Hoped for birds of more exotic stature

Eluded our eyes, but this our mood did not fracture.


The time to move back for lunch then came.

Our return progress, it was much the same

For we paused as Peregrine once more did appear,

Then along came Hen Harrier, for which a cheer.


Burton Mere’s welcome again did not fail,

For first bird noted was Water Rail,

Whilst birds on the scrape then gave way

For a well-earned lunch with ease gained sway.


Time then pushed our quiet dining aside

As Avocet awaited our unified stride.

The shield of sunshine that hid such a treat

Was then overcome by a few falls of feet.


Then as all revelled in more waders to see,

Such as Dunlin and Black Tailed Godwit aplenty,

A Marsh Harrier then put on a flying display,

Which in essence summed up this glorious day.


Then the closing act in this Wirral Play

Summoned our presence some distance away.

Parkgate it’s true added less than we thought.

But our day felt no less for being Owl Short.


Bird List (BP)

  1. Cormorant
  2. Grey Heron
  3. Little Egret
  4. Pink-footed Goose
  5. Canada Goose
  6. Shelduck
  7. Wigeon
  8. Teal
  9. Mallard
  10. Tufted Duck
  11. Marsh Harrier
  12. Hen Harrier
  13. Buzzard
  14. Merlin
  15. Pheasant
  16. Water Rail
  17. Moorhen
  18. Coot
  19. Avocet
  20. Dunlin
  21. Black-tailed Godwit
  22. Curlew
  23. Redshank
  24. Lapwing
  25. Lesser black-backed Gull
  26. Black-headed Gull
  27. Stock Dove
  28. Wood Pigeon
  29. Collared Dove
  30. Skylark
  31. Meadow Pipit
  32. Pied Wagtail
  33. Goldcrest
  34. Dunnock
  35. Robin
  36. Stonechat
  37. Blackbird
  38. Mistle Thrush
  39. Long-tailed Tit
  40. Great Tit
  41. Blue Tit
  42. Jay
  43. Magpie
  44. Jackdaw
  45. Rook
  46. Carrion Crow
  47. Starling
  48. House Sparrow
  49. Chaffinch
  50. Goldfinch
  51. Linnet
  52. Reed Bunting
  53. Peregrine












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