I knew it (see previous blog entry), Neill Hunt has just sent me these great shots and details of his morning at Marshside today - it sounds like an absolutely gold day - made even better by the arrival of two Garganey at the southern end of Marshside One this evening, viewable from Hesketh Road - and Neill caught up with them too!!!
Here's what he has to tell us....
Spring finally arrived today in great style, even producing a MARSHSIDE TICKADYBOBOBO for me! More about that later.
Day started 9ish looking for yesterday's Pec from Marshside Road (light better from there) but alas no sign, some nice Ruff though in good dress.
A Sand Martin flew through, my first of the year . Chiffy singin' by corner bench and the GW Teal still present.
Went round Sandplant and managed to get this Kestrel relaxing in the sun, further on a fine Reed bunting was singing and showing pretty well, more Chiffychaffs singing on the foothills of Mt Baker, (3 there).
That was about it, so carried on the rounds.
Lots of cameras in the hide so didn't stay long. Blackwits showing well, Teal asleep and the female Scaup still in the Sandwashin' pool.
Back around the Point again a male Merlin whizzed by and started in mental persuit of a Skylark, a mega chase developed, I stood chinwagging awhile then headed up Mt Baker.
On reaching the summit I was rewarded with 3 male Wheatears, again my first ones of the year so I was well chuffed.
While tryin to get shots of the Wheatears I glanced up at a moaning Carrion Crow only to see an Osprey above it heading north, I alerted 4 other birders who watched it as it circled twice over Crossens and started north again, no photos of the star bird unfortunately, but a very good morning's birdin'.
As you say John
"Eyes to the skies, eyes to the skies" Could be Black Kite next time!"
Indeed Neill - thanks for the pix and gen, here comes the summer......
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies.....