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Thursday, 27 May 2010

MEGA - WHITE-TAILED PLOVER at Seaforth NR, Merseyside

At noon, fellow Seaforth regular Tony Conway and I entered Hide A, near to the causeway. A visitor to Seaforth, Stephen Wende was in the hide. As we set up our scopes we asked him had he seen anything, he replied that the Wilson`s Phalarope was on the causeway. Somewhat surprised by this as the Phalarope hadn`t been seen all day yesterday, we looked at the bird he was talking about...incredulously a WHITE-TAILED PLOVER !!!!!

Chaos ensued as we tried to both digiscope and `phone out the news. After c15 mins the bird flew off to the east of the reserve, having been constantly harrassed by the resident Lapwings. Despite searching we could not relocate it. After an hour however it magically appeared on the scrape alongside the hide and showed down to 10m for the rest of the afternoon. At least sixty people saw it from inside the reserve and a growing crowd appeared looking through the perimeter fence from Crosby marina (Pete Kinsella).