Category: Wading through Wigeon

Colours

8 freshly “in” Wigeon the only new birds at Hesketh – wow, they seem early! Still some nice birds knocking about that have been around for several weeks or longer – GWE, Goldies, Spotted Red, Greenshank, Common Sand etc etc but the pools are now too high with the recent rain and high tides combining. […]

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Out of the Woodwork

Another bash at Hesketh first thing – the rain had dampened the feeding frenzy in the hedgerow, but the Spotted Red was still feeding in its favourite spot on Shelter. One of the fledged Arctic Terns was resting up on a raft, whilst a number of adults were screeching around the pools, generally attacking anything […]

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White Sands

A superb (very) early morning visit to Hesketh before work was a real joy in the sunshine. The hedgerow is teaming with birds – I’ve never seen so many Common Whitethroat in one place, add to that a mix of Tree Sparrow, Yellow and Pied Wagtail, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, a single Willow […]

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Muddy Waters

Inspired by the American waders that are travelling with the Dunlin flocks on the East coast, I tried my luck on the estuary this afternoon at high tide. Not a big one so a serious amount of trudging in the gloopy mud, at one point my wellies weighed more than I did. Eventually, after walking […]

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The Circus is in town

A couple of hours at Hesketh first thing was a little damp. Quite quiet on the bird front too, but a few highlights. The leucistic Starling I found the other week was amongst the hordes and gave some quite close views, but I couldn’t get the camera on it – a very striking bird when […]

Young folk

Feeling decidedly ropey after a great night out in the village at Longton Live, I only managed to get out at around 10ish. So for some peace and quiet I spent half an hour with a small Dunlin flock, studying the couple of juvenile birds that were feeding in the mud. Lovely fresh feathers and […]

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Up the junction

A few hours on the estuary this morning before Sadie’s birthday was really enjoyable. Hesketh was fairly quiet, but it was great to see the 1st fledged Arctic Tern of the year flying around the pools and then perched up on the fence – smashing looking bird. A few Yellow Wags flitting about, just a single […]

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Tring the alarm

A brief, murky and early look at Marshside and Hesketh today – this sun now would have been nice, camera was working overtime to get any joy in the semi-light of this morning. Dreaming of Pratincoles and Lesser Legs, but satisfied with a nice range of waders and some peaceful birding. 3 Common Sands were […]

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The new August

June’s supposed to be a quiet month for birding – I should be looking at Orchids, butterflies and Odanta, but nobody told the returning waders they had to wait. A couple of early mornings to Hesketh and the surrounding area has offered lots of nice waders and a few other gems too. The weathers also been […]

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Surprisingly good

Wasn’t expecting much as I pulled into Hesketh this morning at 6am, but hadn’t visited for a couple of weeks and I get withdrawal symptoms. As I put the scope together 6 runners came down the bank chatting away – a friendly good morning and a joke about hoping they’d not scared everything off – […]

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