Southport - Tuesday 9th May 2017.

Mostly shopping down Lord Street today - well Sue was shopping and I was looking.

I did buy an Ice Cream.

We did get a short evening stroll along the prom but any birds were a long long way off.

Shelduck could be clearly seen.

Southport Wednesday 10th May 2017.

Bike ride day today, I found it quite tough going.
We cycled along the Trans-Pennine route from Southport to Formby via Freshfields and the National Trust Squirrel site near a huge beach.

The sea was actually in! when we arrive but soon said Ta Ta.

I did spot a few birds and a seal.

Whitethroat, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Black Headed Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose with Gosling and few other sp.

Later, we were given a 'more direct' route back to Southport following the railway track.

I did get some birding time later in the evening, but I was a bit fatigued, so I just had a stroll along the prom. Again the sea was miles off.

The Shelduck were visible again and nearing the camp site c10 Ringed Plover and a solitary Dunlin were feeding in the shallow pools. 

The bird of the break was a Tree Pipit.

It was perched 20 yds away from where we were on the campsite.

I got some photos and a video and have done a separate page for my future reference - I hope that it is a Tree Pipit.

It's definitely not a Meadow Pipit.

A few photographs:-



Lesser Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull

Lesser Black Backed Gull - looking Great

Freshfields Area:


Redshank ? - too distant for me to ID



Ringed Plover


Juv. Ringed Plover ??

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