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A trip to the fair and an afternoon in the dreich

Posted by on November 25, 2012 4:12 PM | 

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Dropped into the bird fair at Martin Mere this afternoon and had a gander at all the lovely books and stuff.
Once I'd had my fill of poking Nenes and marvelling at new titles including "Geometrid Biodiversity in the Fireflies of the Bibblybobbly Delta", (a snip at £250), I pulled out and went for a walk round Mere Sands.
Unfortunately the November sun meant plenty of other folk had the same idea, but there were still mucho Nuthatch, Tree Sparrow, Gtr Pecker etc to watch.
On the water at least 17 Goosander, all a bit far off for digiscopage, with Great Crested Grebe and Goldeneye, Kingfisher and Jay - very pleasant.

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The Goosanders were steaming around, with the males chasing each other and diving frequently.
Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Long Tailed Tits zipping through the bare branches.
Yesterday provided classic winter grey on the mosses - drizzle and leaden skies, with a bone-chilling breeze.
Plenty of Pinks behind Altcar, with a fine ringtail Hen Harrier sailing through the gloom over the stubble, its white backside shining in the murk.

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Hardly a day to raise the spirits though.
A big test mast has gone up south of the Withins presumably for the proposed windfarm there.
Very depressing.
Anyone for minced Pinkies?
Finally thanks to Philip Collins for sending me this shot of a mossland Little Owl - cracking wee bird Phil!

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Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

6 Comments

Called in at the Marine Lake egret roost on the way back from Martin Mere this afternoon (where the Firecrest was again seen, not by me though) and the Great White was with 41 Littles by 4.30pm.

I had three birds fly over Hesketh Golf Course yesterday they were a bit distant but I'm sure they were Ringed Necked Parakeets.
By the time I'd got my bins from the house they were gone.
Definately the right shape and unfamiliar calls.

Six Crossbills on Fishermans Path, Ainsdale NNR, in the trees next to the NO CYCLING sign. Stunning red males but mostly females.

Had a long wait for a brief view of this male Hen Harrier on the mosses behind Formby, even briefer view later of the female.
Got a few seconds of footage that you can watch on YouTube at:

http://youtu.be/T_C2KgdeqEg

Cheers,
Ron

Popped down to Marshside this afternoon (14.45) & had an interesting 15 mins with a Merlin & a male Hen Harrier on the outer marsh & a flyover Spoonbill heading N.
Cheers
Les

I heard the unmistakable trilling of Waxwings this afternoon from Lidl's car park adjacent to Seaforth & Litherland station, but I couldn't see them!

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