Birding/ Bird watching in United Kingdom


Wednesday 15th of August 2018 and we left Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port and we will start the day at the Wallasey Embankment to see if we can cross off a few birds from the RSPB Liverpool field checklist that my new friend sent to me before coming here.

Wallasey Embankment was built to protect part of the low-lying north coast of the Wirral from sea erosion and flooding. We will hopefully see some birds in the area during the low water.

We parked the car at the Leasowe Lighthouse and we went out on the embankment and we spotted a few Ruddy Turnstones and Redshanks. It was low water so I guess most of the birds was on the mudflats looking for food.

Birding/ Bird watching at Wallasey Embankment, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Leasowe Lighthouse at Wallasey Embankment

Birding/ Bird watching at Wallasey Embankment, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Leasowe Lighthouse at Wallasey Embankment

Birding/ Bird watching at Wallasey Embankment, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Leasowe Lighthouse at Wallasey Embankment

Birding/ Bird watching at Wallasey Embankment, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Walking along the Wallasey Embankment
We can see the cranes in the port of Liverpool

Birding/ Bird watching at Wallasey Embankment, Liverpool, United Kingdom
We can see that it is low water

Birding/ Bird watching at Wallasey Embankment, Liverpool, United Kingdom
We can see that it is low water

Birding/ Bird watching at Wallasey Embankment, Liverpool, United Kingdom - Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres, Roskarl
Ruddy Turnstone / Roskarl

Birding/ Bird watching at Wallasey Embankment, Liverpool, United Kingdom - Common Redshank, Tringa totanus, Rödbena
Common Redshank / Rödbena

Birding/ Bird watching at Wallasey Embankment, Liverpool, United Kingdom - Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres, Roskarl
Ruddy Turnstone / Roskarl

Birding/ Bird watching at Wallasey Embankment, Liverpool, United Kingdom - Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Birding/ Bird watching at Wallasey Embankment, Liverpool, United Kingdom - Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres, Roskarl
Ruddy Turnstone / Roskarl

Birding/ Bird watching at Wallasey Embankment, Liverpool, United Kingdom - Dunlin
Dunlin

Birding/ Bird watching at Wallasey Embankment, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Walking back to the parking

We turn around and we start walk back to the car at the parking lot. We had seen, of course, gulls. Dunlins, Redshanks, Ruddy Turnstone and a Grey Heron flying by. We´re almost back at the parking lot when I get lucky with the sound recording.

A Black-headed Gull and a Lesser Black-backed Gull, too far away for any good pictures. Hell, we had not been close to any birds today as they are out on the mud flats.

Anyway, I get a recording and I can split it in to two and I have both the bird calls.

Listen to the Lesser Black-backed Gull

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy recorder. High Pass filter in Audacity applied

Leaving the Wallasey Embankment after having been looking for waders along the Wallasey Embankment. I see a Black-headed Gull and a Lesser Black-backed Gull out on the mudflats. Too FAR AWAY for any pictures.

One sound recording cut in to two, second part with the Lesser Black-backed Gull uploaded to www.xeno-canto.org as well: XC437519



Listen to the Black-headed Gull

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy recorder. High Pass filter in Audacity applied

Leaving the Wallasey Embankment after having been looking for waders along the Wallasey Embankment. I see a Black-headed Gull and a Lesser Black-backed Gull out on the mudflats. Too FAR AWAY for any pictures.

One sound recording cut in to two, first part with the Lesser Black-backed Gull uploaded to www.xeno-canto.org as well: XC437520


www.xeno-canto.org

Back at the car and we continue walking passing North Wirral Coastal Park. A beautiful village with the typical British hedges that we have seen in numerous TV series from UK. And the hedges are full of birds, of course no pictures. We walk pass the village and we´re in some grassland after Fishinghaving passed a fishing pond. People come to fish, fish guaranteed as they fill the pond with fish and they pay to fish.

We arrive to an old brick factory or something, well, the factory is gone only the land remaining and we walking in a dust road and it seems to be the place for people to come dump their old furniture.

Birding/ Bird watching at North Wirral Coastal Park, Liverpool

Birding/ Bird watching at North Wirral Coastal Park, Liverpool

Birding/ Bird watching at North Wirral Coastal Park, Liverpool

Birding/ Bird watching at North Wirral Coastal Park, Liverpool

We see a lot of birds, many different finches but I never managed to catch the European Goldfinch. A bird I have wanted to have on picture since New Zealand as it is a very beautiful bird. We meet two bird watchers coming back towards us, they had lost something on the binoculars and now they had to go back to look for it.

We went back to the car and we left for Liverpool and lunch.

We were soon stopping as we had spotted a group of European Goldfinches in the bushes along the Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.stroad just when we left the parking lot. I went out trying to sneak up on the birds eating thistles. I´m not the best one for sneaking through grass and bushes and I never got very close to the Golden finches. Even though they were reluctant to leave their thistles as they love the small thistle seeds.

Birding/ Bird watching at North Wirral Coastal Park, Liverpool
Female Golden Finch

European Goldfinch or Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis
Goldfinch feeding on thistles


Thistle

Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles occur all over the plant – on the stem and flat parts of leaves. They are an adaptation that protects the plant from being eaten by herbivores. Typically, an involucre with a clasping shape of a cup or urn subtends each of a thistle's flowerheads.

The term thistle is sometimes taken to mean exactly those plants in the tribe Cardueae (synonym: Cynareae), especially the genera Carduus, Cirsium, and Onopordum. However, plants outside this tribe are sometimes called thistles, and if this is done thistles would form a polyphyletic group.

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European Goldfinch or Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis
Thistles

European Goldfinch or Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis
Thistles

European Goldfinch or Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis
Fluffy things helping the thistle to spread the seeds

European Goldfinch or Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis
And here we can see the seeds that the birds love to eat

Birding/ Bird watching around Liverpool
On the way to have lunch

Darn, I never got any good pictures of the Goldfinch and now they were gone. We were hungry and we took off towards Liverpool. We´re south of River Mersey and there is a shopping centre, a suburb and I think it is named New Brighton so no need to cross under the river to get in to Liverpool. And I had to find an ATM.

We found an Italian restaurant, Bella Italia. Italian food is a safe bet most of the time, but breakfast? I ordered a British breakfast, Skåne style of course and the food was excellent. Seriously, I really look forward to come back to Liverpool for birding next year just to come back to eat at Bella Italia again.

Bella Italia, New Brighton
Earl Grey tea at Bella Italia

Bella Italia, New Brighton
Sturdy breakfast at Bella Italia

Port of Liverpool
Port of Liverpool on the other side of River Mersey

I felt like a million when we left Bella Italia. We were walking river side and there is something the call the marine lake or something like that. There is a platform with a sculpture, a big bottle built of many small bottles. There is usually a lot of waders on the platform during the high water as they wait for the low water so they can go eat on the mudflats again.

We walk back to the car and we drive back towards Hoylake and the Red Rock to see if we have any luck with the waders. I also need a few Pepsi MAX so we will stop at a MiniMart on the way. We pass a Carrion Crow on one of the big fields.

A beautiful bird and this was a juvenile with brownish/ blueish plumage. But the bird was between me and the sun so the pictures really leave a lot to wish for.

Carrion crow, Corvus corone, Kråka

Carrion crow, Corvus corone, Kråka
Carrion crow / Kråka

Carrion crow, Corvus corone, Kråka
Carrion crow / Kråka

Carrion crow, Corvus corone, Kråka
Carrion crow / Kråka

We drove through Hoylake and it is a beautiful town and when we have crossed the town we reach the Red Rock. We park the car and we get out on the beach. There is no birds and we´re soon back in the car. It is high water and we tried the waders in Hoylake but they were not there today. We found a few of them taking cover from the wind behind a few rocks.

Port of Liverpool
Driving through Hoylake

Port of Liverpool
Red Rock and we can see the RNLI lifeboat station in Hoylake

Port of Liverpool
Bird watchers take cover from the wind

Bird watching in Hoylake
Redshank and Ruddy Turnstone waiting for low water

Bird watching in Hoylake - Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone waiting for low water

Bird watching in Hoylake
Redshank and Ruddy Turnstone waiting for low water

I spend the night in my room at Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port after yet another beautiful day looking for birds. Today it had been windy and chilly so the autumn is on the way. We will go to Wales tomorrow morning to look for birds at RSBP South Stack.

Click HERE to find out if we see any birds in Wales.



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