Visit to RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes and then RSPB Mersehead

First stop was RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes, and not a lot was seen: Lots of Pheasants (hand reared for shooting no doubt) Crow, Greylag Geese, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker. (all these at the feeding station hide along with a Red Squirrel. Black-headed Gull. A few Red Kite were seen but not the hoped-for White-fronted Geese.




At RSPB Mereshead there were as follows:



Lots of Barnacle Geese

Blue Tit, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Reed Bunting , one Yellowhammer, Robin, Dunnock (at the feeding station).  Common Crow, Teal, Shoveler, Pintail, Goldeneye, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Possible Twite, Ringed Plover (both at beach) -see below my photos from Mersehead.

Also a few deer (Roe Deer).

Wigeon being a lifer also Barnacle Geese (these being genuine wild birds from the island of Svalbard.

An the way home along the M6, a flock of Lapwings, a murmuration of Starlings A Woodcock seen crossing the M6 motorway in semi-darkness


Iceland Gull at Redgate Recycling , Gorton, Manchester

Following a posting on the above thread at forum that an Iceland Gull had been seen frequently at the above site, I visited the location about 1245pm Sunday (today).

One other birder was present and he is the one who has been reporting it on the forum including posting his photo’s.

He immediately advised me the bird was about and indeed that proved to be the case. He was able to put me on to the bird right away. Had he not been present I don’t think by myself, that I would have been able to pick the bird out from among all the other gulls flocking around the site.

I was able to obtain a few photo’s, although with it being a cloudy, gloomy, overcast day in midwinter, the photo’s were not very good.


This bird according to the birder present (an experienced and knowledgeable birder) is a first winter bird.

Below are some borrowed photo’s of the same bird taken by this fellow birder that he posted himself.

Knott End area November 5th 2018

Twite, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Skylark, Starling, Blackbird, Little Egret (2) Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Snipe, Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Magpie, Common Crow, Jackdaw. Shelduck



Twite is clinched as a lifer today. Not that I didn’t see flocks previously but only today did I get close up views with photos showing clearly the diagnostic parts: eg the yellowish bill as seen on Twite in Winter.

The Twite has been known to frequent the area nearby and on the slipway at Knott End on Sea for some time in winters .


































































































































Last Day 30th June – Trip home arriving 1st July

The last day in Romania was Saturday 30th June, and was the day of the trip home. The trip home ended the following day in the evening.


Some birding 9about an hour)  in the area of water/reeds at Jurilovca

Return to Constanta to catch train to Bucharest

Bucharest Airport to Budapest Airport

Luton Airport to Manchester then on to Bolton



Collared Dove

Cuckoo heard,


Quite a few Bee-eaters, with holes on a sandbank evidence of a possible colony here.

Red-crested Pochard


A few Hoopoe were seen


Record shot of Purple Heron


Shot of distant Ferruginous Duck. This bird has a darkish  eye so is evidently a female as the male has a pale eye according to information read.


Sign near to Jurilovca

Also the Greylag , The House Sparrow, The Whiskered Tern and the Common Tern were seen.


Common Tern (Record Shot)


At Constanta good views of some Yellow-legged Gulls were had


 At Budapest Airport at the hotel the following Crested Lark was seen


Luton Airport

A close-up of a Common Starling


Manchester Piccadilly Gardens

Statue of Queen Victoria 10pm


Note the Pigeon to the left of the Statue – the last bird of the trip.

End of Trip

new for trip Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous Duck (2)

Total species seen for trip: 84

New lifers (Red-crested Pochard and Ferruginous Duck) 2

Total lifers for trip 16


Night Heron, White Stork, Little Bittern, White Pelican,

Collared Pratincole, Tawny Pipit, White Tailed Sea Eagle, Romanian Yellow Wagtail,

Gull-billed Tern, Paddyfield Warbler, Ruddy Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard

Ferruginous Duck, Red-footed Falcon, Caspian Gull, Pallas’s Gull

Lesser Grey Shrike,  Dalmatian Pelican,

Sixteen lifers and two ( Caspian Gull and Romanian Yellow Wagtail) (18)