We arrive at Birchwood Pool just in time to dip a 1st winter Caspo...bugger! The Seaforth Crew are already installed in the hide and get a phone call to tell them of a WOODLARK!! just seen on the old tip............WHAT..........BLOODYHELL!
We move (the Seaforthers stay to watch gulls??) we arrive,its gone,double bugger!!
From the top of the old tip we get a stunning vista of 10000+ gulls feeding,flying,bathing or just loafing around on the new workings.A small group of us then bird this mass of birds and find the leucistic Herring Gull (again) a juv Iceland Gull and a very probable 1st winter CASPIAN GULL oh yes they do exist (well maybe?).Theres also a good year tick in the shape of a wintering Green Sandpiper.
its the one that looks like a Caspo.
A quick look for the 'Owls' only turns up Moss Sides other speciality Willow Tit.
Back home to check the ID books me thinks.
Marbury CP. YL 85
Moss Side YL 72