Category: Wading through Wigeon

We’re all going on a flower hunt

An aborted trip to Bowland for a father’s day walk due to the double rain weather forecast left us wondering what to do. Inspired by yesterday’s orchids and somewhat sunnier weather towards Southport, 3 generations of us headed to Ainsdale for a trail through the dunes. Some help yesterday from Phil Smith via Ron was […]

50 shades of purple

An early start on the golf course produced lots of signs of breeding success, but not many surprises. The 2 birds of note were a Grey Wag and the return of the Nuthatch. Surprisingly, it few into the trees by the wooden bridge from the marsh, across the 7th fairway and then sang and called […]

Continue Reading » 50 shades of purple...

Birding in the Sunshine

A blog post from my recent family Florida holiday, which is more a list of species seen with plenty of photo’s thrown in – no multi-post “gone with the wind” esque novel, just wanted to share some of the great birds from the Sunshine State. Not a massive amount of serious birding as it was […]

Tiny dancer

A thoroughly enjoyable morning spent mostly at Marshside. Spurred on by the Stilt Sand (great find by the way – bet that got the pulse racing), and in all honesty hoping it had relocated to Marshside over night, I’d planned to get there early. That plan was scuppered on the way there though as news […]

Continue Reading » Tiny dancer...

Can’t see the Wood for the trees

An early start in the mist and frost this morning – the marsh looked stunning in the low orange sun. Pete Allen was on the platform and already watching yesterday’s duller Curlew Sand in with 50 or so Dunlin. We had both planned to go on the golf course so joined forces and started to […]

Wader minute

A very brief blog post about almost as brief a birding session at Marshside before work – but what a session. Waders again were the highlight, with 3 stunners putting a smile on my face for the rest of the day. The weather was murky and grey, the pics aren’t great, but the birds were […]

Continue Reading » Wader minute...

A Score on the Wader front

Superb day of wader watching around the Ribble today – a little bit more luck and I could have had a Norfolkesque figure but I’m happy with a round 20!
The Met Office had worked their magic with the forecast and were still managing to quote…

Flavour Flava

After a weekend in London, I managed a couple of hours this morning at Hesketh and a flying visit to Marshside. A nice selection of species and plumages, but yesterday’s storm was still petering out at dawn, so compared to last week it was pretty grim. Hesketh had a few nice waders – 2 Whimbrel […]

Continue Reading » Flavour Flava...

Sexy Saxicola

Some more early morning birding, and it was nice to get some reward in the guise of a simply stunning male Whinchat. They are a jewel of a bird, a bit like a mini jazzed-up Wheatear, with their lovely orange tones, white super and tail pattern. This bird was feeding with 2 male Wheatears on […]

Continue Reading » Sexy Saxicola...


Amazing how a couple of decent birds can make all the hard work, early mornings, freezing wind and many hours of fruitless trudging worthwhile. 6 early morning and evening sessions over a 5 day period had pretty much drawn a blank until this morning. Yes, its great to have the Willow Warblers back and listening […]

Continue Reading » Finally….....