Rfac­ing OSSALL POINT’S LO­CA­TION

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - Septem­ber 2016 JOHN MILES

sees mi­gra­tion head­ing past, the open wa­ter of the bay, and, at low tide, miles of mud and sand. Lo­cal bird­ers watch passer­ines drop down, from their own ob­ser­va­tory. As you would ex­pect, seabirds do play a big part here, with skuas of­ten searched for, par­tic­u­larly in spring. Arc­tic Terns of­ten pass by in their hun­dreds, along with Lit­tle, Arc­tic, and Sand­wich Terns and even a Caspian Tern and a pos­si­ble Gull­billed Tern could be seen. Black Terns (right) are an­nual with Lit­tle Gulls some­times mak­ing dou­ble fig­ures. Win­ter­ing Glau­cous and Ice­land Gulls are also found. With Martin Mere not too far away, geese are a spec­ta­cle with large num­bers of Pink-footed Geese of­ten seen. Pas­sage ducks in­clude Vel­vet and Com­mon Scot­ers, Long-tailed Duck and Scaup of­ten as­so­ci­at­ing with the Tufted on the boat­ing lakes. Grey Phalarope is of­ten a storm driven bird and has been found on the boat­ing lakes, but the thou­sands of feed­ing waders can leave these in the shade with Knot, Dun­lin, Oys­ter­catcher, with smaller num­bers of San­der­ling and Ringed Plover. Shore Lark was seen here in win­ter.

Two fresh­wa­ter ar­eas by the sea of­ten means good birds with two boat­ing lakes – one used for sea­man­ship train­ing and the other for model yacht­ing – but many of the wild­fowl don’t mind.

23Check the chan­nels for feed­ing waders es­pe­cially as the higher tides pushes them close to shore.

4An ob­ser­va­tion tower is open to the pub­lic with one level for dis­plays and two lev­els for sea watch­ing or just en­joy­ing the view. This is a great place if the weather is bad for watch­ing pas­sage as well as win­ter­ing geese mov­ing through the area. See web­site for open­ing times.

5The golf course of­fers a chance of larks, pip­its, wag­tails and even waders. Please watch from the dunes rather than on the play­ing sur­face.

San­der­ling

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