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)
- Grey Heron
- Little Egret
- Pink-footed Goose
- Canada Goose
- Tufted Duck
- Marsh Harrier
- Hen Harrier
- Water Rail
- Black-tailed Godwit
- Lesser black-backed Gull
- Black-headed Gull
- Stock Dove
- Wood Pigeon
- Collared Dove
- Meadow Pipit
- Pied Wagtail
- Mistle Thrush
- Long-tailed Tit
- Great Tit
- Blue Tit
- Carrion Crow
- House Sparrow
- Reed Bunting