Sunday, 16 February 2014

Kittiwake, Eccleston Mere

Kittiwake 1 ad win
Water rail 1 in ditch on western side.
Siskin 20
Bullfinch 1
Kingfisher 1
Buzzard 1
Pochard 7 mm
Goldeneye 1 m
Shoveler 1 m

My 5th Kittiwake at the mere, but the first for six years. The last one stayed for three days at least, so there's a chance it will hang around. The first I found freshly dead at the side of the mere in February 1997, hopefully this bird won't go the same way, but realistically this oceanic bird is probably only at the mere because it's worn out following the recent storms.

Kittiwake (centre) with two black-headed gulls.

The bird looks to have a growth or an infection of some kind near the base of its bill on the right hand side.

No problems with this side of its face.

Notice the black legs.

Water rail.

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