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.

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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 and everything that moved.

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A Heron speared a huge Eel before taking a very long time to eventually swallow it in one.

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A lovely flock of Goldies was feeding in the “Dotterel Field” at the west end, but still no Pacific lurking in there – some lovely plumaged birds in the group though.

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It’s clearly been a good breeding year out on the gull colony judging by the number of juv LBB’s loafing about on the pools.

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A couple of Yellow Wags over, 4 Ringo’s, 9 Dunlin, Sparrowhawk with prey and 11 Kestrel hunting over Banks the other highlights from the West side – no sign of yesterdays Wood/Green combo.

I ventured over to the East and a few more Dunlin were feeding on the mud edges. Then as I panned across the pools, I found 2 smashing juv Wood Sands – both new birds and my 5th and 6th on the Ribble in 2019 which is a great count. Looks like there’s been a mini influx in the north west with birds at Martin Mere and on the Fylde too. Such a graceful wader, it was a joy to watch these 2 feeding in tandem.

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Marshside was surprisingly quiet, so on to the marine lake to see if the Yellow-legged Gull I found there on Thursday was still around. No sign, but the Cattle Egret was snoozing on north island, 2 Common Sands were fluttering around and a few juv Herrings were on the slipway.

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Here’s a few images of the YLG – it gave cracking views, sometimes to close for my phone scope combo to fit the full bird in the frame without the black curves still showing!

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About 1,000 visits finally paying off……………….