I debated about this bird for a while, the odds were stacked against me but still I ignored that only 2 people had confirmed sightings of the Aquatic Warbler found at Red Rocks, Hoylake on the Wirral a couple of days ago. It seemed to be 'showing' briefly in the morning so I made the journey down early in the hope to get a glimpse. Its a very rare bird up in the North West and it has been 36 years since there was another sighting at this very site. I long wait turned into a long morning and gave the 'bored'walk we were standing on a whole new meaning! After well over 3 hours, I headed off in defeat (just like Manchester United did last night in their opening fixture to Everton :D) and headed to Burton Mere.
Burton Mere threw up an invasion of hundreds of Canada Geese (not a nice sight) along with about 30 Snipe, 9 Spotted Redshanks, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and a Greenshank. I then headed out to Burton Marsh and came across 3 Wheatears, and a superb Little Owl sunbathing.
|First Winter Wheatear|
A Small Copper was also nice to see considering the weather lately.