June and July 2021 visits

By | September 13, 2021

As we look forward to the Autumn and what we hope will be a full and uninterrupted programme of visits, a brief report on the June and July visits which were still affected by some Covid restrictions:

June 8th 2021 – visit to Speke Hall (National Trust)

The site was only partially open because of the pandemic with one way systems in place and no access to the Mersey Estuary shore so sightings were limited to what we could see from the grounds.   Nevertheless it was an enjoyable visit attended by eight members of the group and a total of 23 bird species were recorded.

July 13th 2021 – visit to Marshside (RSPB)

A good day for our final visit before the Summer break.  Eight members of the group attended and a total of 34 bird species were recorded.

In addition to the birds it was lovely to see this Six-spot Burnet Moth newly emerged from the chrysalis on the stalk below:

Click ‘Continue reading’ for the full lists of species seen on these 2 visits:

Species seen at Speke Hall on 8th June:

Species Number Seen Comment
Blackbird Several  
Blackcap Heard only  
Black-headed Gull A few  
Buzzard 2  
Carrion Crow Many  
Chaffinch Heard only  
Chiffchaff Heard only  
Cormorant 2 Flying over Mersey
Dunnock Several  
Goldfinch Several  
Great Spotted Woodpecker Heard only  
Herring Gull Many  
Jackdaw Several  
Jay 1 Peter H
Lapwing A few  
Magpie Many  
Nuthatch Heard only  
Oystercatcher 1 On the way in
Pheasant Heard only  
Robin Several  
Skylark Heard only  
Swallow Several  
Woodpigeon Many

 

 

Species seen at Marshside on 13th July

Species Number Seen Comment
Black-headed Gull Many 2 juveniles
Black-tailed Godwit Many  
Canada Goose Many some juveniles
Carrion Crow A few  
Coot Several 1 juvenile
Goldfinch Many  
Great Black-backed Gull 1  
Great White Egret 1  
Greenfinch A few  
Grey Heron 3  
Greylag Goose Several  
Herring Gull A few  
Jackdaw 3  
Lapwing Many 1 juvenile
Little Egret c.8  
Little Grebe A few  
Little Ringed Plover 1  
Magpie A few  
Mallard Several  
Moorhen A few  
Mute Swan 8 4 cygnets
Oystercatcher 2  
Redshank A few  
Reed Bunting 2  
Ruff Many  
Shelduck c.10 2 juveniles
Shoveler 2  
Skylark Many  
Song Thrush 1  
Starling Hundreds  
Swift A few  
Unidentified Raptor 1  
Wheatear A few  
Woodpigeon A few