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And still they come...

Posted by on December 18, 2012 11:57 PM | 


Thanks to Neil Roberts for these shots of the Waxwings gorging on berries at Seaforth over the weekend - with many more birds to the north of us still, I think we can expect to bump into flocks foraging their way south for quite awhile yet.
Simply find some likely looking fruit-bearing trees and keep an eye on the tops of taller trees nearby, where the "Starlings in drag" will sit before swooping down to feed.



I believe there was a flock of 65 on Old Town Lane in Formby this morning, so given the number of berry bearing shrubs and trees in that neck of the woods, there's a good chance they'll pop up in Squirreltown again over the next few days.
No sign of the ones I had yesterday morning on Kenilworth Rd, Ainsdale, as I drove into work today, but I guess if you saw 'em every day, you'd get spoilt.
Birkdale dunes fairly quiet today - a few thrushes, Long Tailed Tits and the usual squealing Water Rails, but I guess it'll be quieter still tomorrow if the poo-storm the weather forecasters are promising materialises.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


3 Waxwings north over Birkdale dunes today at 1425.

Opened Sandgrounders hide at 08:43 today to find Suttons marsh (ex-M2) absolutely stuffed with wildfowl including glimpses of an immaculate drake Green-winged Teal in the gutters amongst the 5,000 Teal about 11 o-clock from the hide. Estimated 1600> Blackwits on Crossens Inner and also had two Grey Wagtails.
As I parked the car, the Great White Egret was overhead heading north from its roost on the SML and as one was seen at Wharton at about the same time, the Ribble Estuary obviously has two different birds - look out for breeding in 2013?
Happy Christmastide to all.

Nice male Blackcap today on the fat balls, didn't stay long though.

Spoonbill on Crossens Outer Marsh today - gave me 172 species in Merseyside for the year so far.

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