The emperor’s new clothes

Dusted the bike of this morning and took my first ride down the bridle path to my new temporary patch – Longton Marsh. The short cycle was quite enjoyable as Chiffchaffs serenaded me, a Grey Partridge was trotting down the track and a Nuthatch flicked across in front of me and then gave nice views as it crept up and down one of the oaks.

I left the bike at the Dolphin and walked the loop. Plenty of small birds flitting about with at least 8 Redwing feeding in the fields. Stunning in the early morning sun, and worth the ride just for them.

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The same field had lots of Meadow Pipit, Pied Wags, Shelduck, Woodpigeon and a few Stock Dove. 15 Golden Plover and a couple of cronking Ravens  through as I watched them. Excuse the pics, without a scope I’m back to the bridge camera, and holding it steady it today’s biting NW’s was not easy!

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13 lingering Whoopers were bathing themselves distantly in the Douglas and the remnants of the Teal and Wigeon were flying up and down the channels. Some nice waders with 8 Avocet, 2 Bl T Godwit, Snipe and a few Curlew

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Just Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk on the raptor front, but this could easily increase as Hesketh Out Marsh is just over the river. No hoped for Wheatear on the slopes of the old landfill, but the highlight(!) of the morning was at the southern end. I know it’s plastic, but not seen this Emperor’s Goose on the marsh before and they are a great looking bird – small things!

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Quite enjoyed it, despite the windchill making claws out of my hands – hopefully one of many visits…….