Category: Wading through Wigeon

Big fun

Big fun with the big spring tides. A few highlights as follows: Hesketh Road/golf course – adult Med Gull and 2 Cattle Egrets, several Chiffchaffs singing, 6 Siskin The 2 Scaup still at Junction Pool and 1st Wheatear of the year on the Sand Plant Hesketh Out Marsh – 45 Avocet, 3 Spotted Red Banks […]

Anas horribilis

The awful weather continues, but had a few hours at Hesketh this morning to combat the cabin fever. Torrential rain and strong westerlies make it hard to bird the west side, but I fancied a look at the waders. A decent selection on there with 2 Greenshank, 6 Dunlin, 13 Avocet and a lot of […]

60 minutus

A morning of swimming and sliding at Splashworld in Southport with the family was fun – especially with the double rain downpour happening through the window. Even managed an adult Med flyby from the top of the building whilst waiting to go down one of the spiral slides. We drove past Crossens twice and each […]

Sea breeze

A windy one this morning, with optics getting blown about and horizontal rain first thing. So pictures are terrible, but the birding was surprisingly enjoyable.  It started well with superb views of the large, pale, 1st winter Peregrine that’s been on the marsh all winter. It terrorised the duck on Polly’s and Rainfords for about […]

Greenlanders

One of those days where there was nothing rare, but I really enjoyed being out. It started with my first dawn session on the golf course of the year. Not much to report – Redpoll and Grey Wag over, Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrushes and lots of common stuff singing. It did allow a good […]

Spiffing old Bean

Great to be back on the Ribble today after my exciting excursions to the Fylde last week (Goose odyssey and Ten-acious). I started with a dawn visit to Ainsdale to coincide with the high tide. Not masses of birds, but a nice range of waders. Highlight was a single Turnstone, but also a very tame Barwit fed […]

Ten-acious

Couldn’t resist a 2nd bite at the cherry today – the saying goes that you can have too much of a good thing – I don’t think so. Another 6 hours in the Eagland Hill area today hammering the large Pink-foot flock that’s roaming the place in varying pack sizes. Started off well with a […]

Goose odyssey

Going back to my roots – a trip to the Fylde. After Stuart Piner’s superb goose haul the other day, I thought I’d give the Fylde flocks a bash. Eagland Hill via New/Bradshaw Lane was the first port of call. A few small groups of Pinks spread here and there and then 200 or so […]