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The east just had to wait

Posted by on October 25, 2012 10:08 PM | 

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Picked up Bazzo roundabout mid-morning and we gave the footpath between Hesketh Rd and Marshside Road a good looking at.
The area through the golf course was excellent, with many birds on the move, and, like yesterday, still all heading north - there must have been some major overshooting in the last few days.
80+ Fieldfare, 15-20 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Blackbirds, single Redpoll, Siskin, Brambling and Bullfinch (a good Marshside bird), 40+ Chaffinch, 50+ Goldfinch, 7 Goldcrest, 4 Greater Peckers, 1 Jay, 20 Long Tailed Tits, plus Gringoes, Blue and Great Tits, a few Mipits and Skylarks, all added up to a fine bit of vismig.
In contrast, the Sandplant compound was fairly quiet, although at least 6 Blackbirds were around the Grassy Knoll, and Reed Bunts, Skylarks and Gringoes were overhead.
Absolutely huge numbers of Pink Feet at Marshside today - 2,000 on Crossens Inner (plus a single Barnacle), with a flock of about 8,000 birds in the air behind Churchtown like a great grey cloud, and a similar number spooked off the outer marsh by a jet on a training exercise from Warton.
Some of these came in to graze on Marshside Two, including a bird with snow white primaries and another Barnacle Goose.
The buff-faced feral Barnie that has been hanging around with the Canadas for awhile now appeared unimpressed.

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The Great White Blob was just about visible on Banks Marsh at intergalactic range, but raptors were in short supply with just Kestrel and Sprawk on the card today.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


4 Comments

Nice to see a Grey Wagtail flying around the cruise liner terminal at Liverpool Pier Head today.

Hi John,
8 Whooper Swans flying south over Thornton this morning.

Hi John,
Today, Steady stream of Fieldfares passing over Marshside 2 and Crossens Inner. These were all heading in a North Easterly direction.
Mike

Fri 26th at Ainsdale NNR 115 Fieldfare seen flying north.
A flock of 93 at 2.00pm and then another flock of 22 at 2.10pm.
10 Whooper Swan seen flying north at 2.30pm and another 2 flying over frontal dunes from beach and seen flying inland over Pinfold Lane/ Coast Rd 2.50pm.
Also 4 Buzzards soaring above trees at 2.10pm.

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