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 for a short while before moving deeper into the course.

The 7th fairway also has a number of Orchids at the minute – a palette of purple in the form of various Marsh Orchids and their hybrids + a few spikes of Bee Orchid. The Marsh Orchids always confuse me, but I think I saw Early, Northern and Southern – any comments on the pictures welcome.


I thought I’d missed the Glossy that was found whilst I was away in Florida on holiday, but I saw it at the back of Rainford’s yesterday and it was in the same area this morning – pics from yesterday. At lest 3 unseasonal drake Wigeon still on Polly’s too.


On to the docks for a look at the Terns over high tide. Nothing unusual came in whilst I was there, but it was nice to see the mini Arctic Tern colony that is developing. 3 birds in boxes – 4 birds in these pics.


There are quite a lot of Common chicks at the minute – be great this year to have some fledge.


A Grey Wag constantly fed around the tyres and I enjoyed watching a variety of GBB Gull ages feast on what looked like the remains of an eel. Not much variety in the birds, but good to be out……