September 1, 2023

Hugh’s News – 1 September 2023

I have been seeking inspiration on what to write about in this latest Hugh’s News. Birding in my garden has gone relatively quiet, as it always does for me at the end of summer.  Goldfinches are only occasional visitors now, the usual tits are even less frequent, and the normally regular Robins are scarce. So, this may be a good time to give your feeders a really good clean, in order to reduce the risks of spreading diseases.

Away from the garden, there are plenty of birds to be seen though.  Wader numbers are building nicely, with Curlew Sandpiper and Dunlin amongst other species seen at Hoylake over the high tides.

Ellie had some excellent views of Great Egrets at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands. For once they were roosting in the trees rather than stalking the marshes.  She also captured a lovely Kestrel hovering above her.

You may be aware that Wirral Country Park is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.  It was the first designated country park in Britain when it opened in 1973 and provides excellent, varied habitat with hedgerows, fields and views of the Dee marshes.  We are lucky to have this on our doorstep.  You will be able to explore a part of it on the Club’s field meeting there in February 2024!  Details to follow nearer the time.

Of course, that’s what I should write about!  We have an excellent, new Programme starting in September.  If you haven’t (re-)joined the Club yet, please do so as soon as possible to obtain your printed Membership programme with all the details.

Hopefully we will see you soon at one of the Indoor Talks or outdoor Field Meetings.

Thank you to Ellie and Hugh for the photos.