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Bad volcanic vibes

Posted by on April 18, 2010 10:31 PM | 


Certainly felt a bit grey and dusty down on the marsh this morning, after I'd picked up Jellyhead early doors, but conditions were good on paper - cloudy, with a light SWly - yet the dust cloud was almost palpable as we wandered about.
Surely this high level volcanic dust stuff won't stop birds moving??
A few Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing on the golf course, but only two Willow Warblers and a single Sedge Warbler in the SSSI ditch. Greater Pecker bounding about and a Tree Pipit calling as it moved north in the gloom above.
At least the Water Voles on the ditch were a bit more amenable - 3-4 of the critters out munching on fresh grass stems, before the path got too busy with walkers.


A Swallow hawked around the platform at Hesketh Road, and a few Wheatears were around the Sandplant and peninsula, with singing Willow Warbler in the remaining hawthorn scrub there.
Nowt on the outer marsh, bar a few Lilttle Egrets, and the feeling that the hazy conditions were down to the mucho bumbo grande in Iceland - it felt dusty all morning.
Nels Hide was quite good, with no fewer than 10 Little Gulls while we were there, hawking about and settling to preen - superb wee birds.


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A few other odds and sods amongst the squawking BHGs there too, including an almost albino BHG and a first year Med Gull, both a bit too far off to get pix...

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A handful of Golden Plover in spangly spangly summer kit amongst the roosting Blackwits, with a few Ruff at the back of the marsh and the funky Llamas were showing well too - and being groomed by local Jackdaws.
Does their presence really put off wader-marauding foxes?
We shall see.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


Seen my first whitethroat of the year today in a patch of scrub near Park Wall Rd Thornton. Also enjoyed watching a pair of moorhens feeding their newly hatched young on the small pond there for a while

Are there any sightings of Little Gulls in Crosby Marina yet?

BTO WBBS on Leeds Liverpool canal on Sunday- stretch near Haskayne- 2 common sandpiper and first sedge warbler of the year.

Went for a walk today from Seacombe to New Brighton and got excellent views of a Porpoise off the promenade just outside the Egremont pub , the tide had just came in and it seemed not to be in a hurry to get anywhere just casually swimming towards the open sea .

a goldcrest was calling and pair of stock doves were flying about in the big old beech and oak trees of Park Wall Road today.First goldcrest ive seen for ages also dont know what it is but i think stock doves are great birds well under rated

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