Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate


Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate

Sunday 12th of August 2018 and my alarm is of course going off at 4 o´clock. I make some tea and thanks to the guy at Hotel Tum Stüürmann, Büsum I have a proper tea mug. Strange, getting old and I really enjoy getting out of bed early to drink my tea. A few years ago I would not even consider going out of bed, even if they would have been shooting at me.

Anyway, I finished my tea and I will have some time to discover the area around Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port and I decided to go explore the area along the Manchester Ship Canal before my new friend come to pick me up to take me to the Hen Harrier day. Click HERE to read more about the Hen Harrier Day. This is from the BLOG “Wild about Birds” Check it out by clicking HERE

Of course, I will keep my eye open for birds while “protesting” My Guide sent me an RSPB Liverpool field checklist so I might be lucky to be able to “CROSS” some of them of my list during the day. But let’s start around the hotel.

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
Walking around the area of Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
Walking around the area of Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port

Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, Gräsand
Mallard feeding

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
Walking around the area of Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
Walking around the area of Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
Walking along the Manchester Ship Canal

Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Skrattmås
Juvenile Black-headed Gull

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
We can see a tanker at Stanlow Refinery

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
A Magpie

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
A Magpie

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
Little Egret looking for food in Manchester Ship Canal

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
Young Barn Swallow

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
Walking around the area of Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port

Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Skrattmås
Black-headed gull / Skrattmås

Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Skrattmås
Black-headed gull / Skrattmås

Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Skrattmås
Black-headed gull / Skrattmås

Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Skrattmås
Black-headed gull / Skrattmås

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
Outside the restaurant at Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port

Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port
Juvenile Black-headed Gull outside the restaurant at Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port

I was a little disappointed with the Manchester Ship Canal. It was closed off so walking along the canal was for maybe 200 meter and then there was a gate. I saw Black-headed Gulls and one Cattle Egret. There were many Barn Swallows and mallards as well. I spotted one Magpie but otherwise not many exciting birds.

My new friend came to pick me up around 10 o´clock. He is a volunteer with RSBP and he will help them to prepare for the Hen Harrier Parkgate. We drove to the Parkgate Nature Reserve and there were already people when we arrived.

Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate
They have started to prepare when we arrived

Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate

Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate
RSBP Parkgate Nature Reserve

Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate
RSBP Parkgate Nature Reserve

Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate
Harriers over the RSBP Parkgate Nature Reserve

Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate
Harriers over the RSBP Parkgate Nature Reserve

Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate
More people come down the road to join

Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate

Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate

Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate
Can hardly see the River Dee,
but the high water can come all the way up to the picnic area

RSBP Parkgate Nature Reserve at River Dee estuary is a famous bird watching area. When the high water is coming in it pushes a lot of birds and other small mammals towards the shore and the Harriers are here to catch food. So you can come very close. But right now it is low water.

I would love to come back here at the highest high water to see the birds coming up from the mudflats down at River Dee.

Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate

Birdwatching with RSBP Liverpool Group - Hen Harrier day, Parkgate
Grey Heron

European Robin, Erithacus rubecula, Robin or Robin Redbreast, Rödhake

European Robin, Erithacus rubecula, Robin or Robin Redbreast, Rödhake
European Robin / Rödhake

European Robin, Erithacus rubecula, Robin or Robin Redbreast, Rödhake
European Robin / Rödhake

We had our lunch at the pub up the road late afternoon. We walked back to Parkgate and I spotted a Robin when we walked to the car. I got a few pictures before we left for Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port. I spent the evening in my room.

We will take of to another RSBP site tomorrow to have a look for birds. My new friend will pick me up at 9 o´clock. And you just have to click HERE to find out if we find any birds.

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