The Scores on the doors:- Comberbach Casuals 140..........Groucho's Mob 136 and the Flashers 113!!!.
A close call but we won yet again with a very creditable score and possibly the 2nd highest ever in Cheshire (143 being the all time record to my knowledge cos I hold it, unsubstantiated rumours of 149 are just that) we'll have to see how we fare in the Birdwatch 'BigDay' National standings.
CHESHIRE DAYLIST 2009
After weeks of planning well actually a chat during the half time interval in the match between United and the Wenger Boys our team The Comberbach Casuals had an itinerary of sorts. Astoundingly similar to the well prepared and planned 2008 DayList we were poised once again to take on the challenge. The Casuals 2009 consisted of Howard 'Fearless Fred' Fearn, Malc 'Le Donis aka The Landlord' Curtin, John 'The Insomniac' Gregory and yours truly. Surely with such talent, expertise and good looks we'd out wit, out bird and out play the assembled array of shifty ugly opposition.
Knackered and rather sweaty we zip up the motorway to our next cunning stunt (careful) Dove Point Bird Observatory. This actually turns out to be Jane Turners third floor office but what a view awaits us (out of the window that is). Five minutes later Groucho's mob arrive and the look on their faces as we've claimed the prime spot for seawatching is a picture. They have to content themselves with JT's bedroom balcony but alls fair in love and bird racing. The best seawatch on a daylist ever then ensues, we rack up Red Throated Diver, Manxie, Little, Common and Sandwich Tern, Gannet, Scoter, RBM, Guillemot and even Arctic Skua awesome. This is all helped along with a cup of tea from the hostess and a visit by Mr Wizzal himself Phil.Groucho's mob arriving at Dove Point Bird Obs deciding on which pie Mr Powell should eat next.
Various other Cheshire sites or is that sights are visited as we near our winning score none of which I can mention as they're all top secret except for IMF (where we saw hardly anything), Sandbach (where we saw Glauc and a Barnacle goose but sod all else), North West world famous Frodsham (nothing what so ever) and Delamere (Med Gull and loads of tourists). We finished late into the evening gripping back Gropper and finally Little Owl but no Water Rail (the first miss ever on a daylist for this reedbed dwelling little skulker).
A day full of quality and quantity with many highs and some lows if only the freshwater waders had of stayed and the wintering ducks lingered on a bit longer. The weather was nearly ideal except for the dawn -5'c wind chill factor. Seawatching was awesome and shows the potential of a good blow coupled with a highish tide. Rarest bird was Spoonbill but better still was Goosander, Whooper Swan!!, the birds on the seawatch, Short eared Owl, Kingfisher (two) and 9 Crossbill. Dips were Tree Pipit, Pintail, Eider, Brent Goose, Goldeneye, Fulmar (they were out there somewhere), Marsh Harrier (still there now), Hobby, Snipe (nearly whapped), Common Sand, Greenshank, Spot Red, Turnstone, Iceland Gull (Moore and Sandbach), Cettis (heard the next day), Spot Fly?and Marsh and Willow Tits as always. Just shows the potential is still there to break that elusive 150 barrier maybe next year....bring it on!