Hesketh Golf Course at dawn this morning where I worked all the ditch areas hoping for a Bluethroat (birder’s optimism – you’ve got to love it!), but drew a blank. I did add a few Patchwork Challenge year ticks though and even a full Marshside tick in the shape of a Ring-necked Parakeet that was high in the trees at central copse.
Spring in the air with pairs of birds all around – Jays, Sprawks, Buzzard, Goldcrests, LT Tits, Siskins etc although no Chiffchaff, but Pete Allen had 2 singers here later on in the morning.
The Sand Plant was empty, but not surprising as it’s virtually gone. Looks good for LRP though so should be one in the next few days. Had a brief look in Nels and the male and female Scaup were still performing in front of the hide, as was a UK colour flagged Avocet that I’ve submitted to the ringer.
A look along the bank to “school pool” to see if I could find any more colour ringed birds, was fruitless, but did pick up a pair of Meds so all good.
There has been an influx of Ruff on Rimmers and Crossens Inner (at least 12 birds) and these were surprisingly my first of the year at the site. Also a decent flock of Goldies stopping off before their journey north.
Finally a quick look at Banks where 3 Barnacles did the decent thing and drifted in distantly with a handful of Pinks. 3 Ravens croaked by to add another Patchwork year tick and then I went home, not a bad morning. Not here next weekend so hopefully on my return, migration will be in full flow….