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Swapping shades of grey

Posted by on December 31, 2012 4:01 PM | 

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Just for a change after endless days of dark, grey and rain on the west coast, Mrs D and I headed over to the east coast last night to see the Outlaws.
After a gargantuan fry-up I headed up to Far Ings in the shadow of the Humber Bridge this morning, as the rain came lashing down, the light went and gale force winds whipped over the site - not the best conditions for a bit o' birding, and most of the usual winter goodies here - Bittern, Smew, Waxwings etc were keeping a low profile.
It was good to see it ain't just home having lousy weather, but in retrospect I shoulda gone to ogle the Scunthorpe Great Northern Diver instead.
Pochard, Goldeneye and Tufties on the water with a few Great Crested Grebes, Bullfinch and Treecreeper in the scrub.
Willow Tit was as reliable as ever here, with one bird calling away and coming into feeders, but attempts at photography were probably best left in the delete bin....although they do suggest the risible conditions, and the blurry mess below shows the pale wing panel on the critter (if you squint really hard).

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Still tomorrow is another day (and year).
Hoping 2013 brings you good birding....and maybe even some sunshine.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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6 Comments

Thanks John for all your hard work on the blog etc, happy 2013

Adult Med' Gull at Weld Road and Spoonbill at Marshside this afternoon (31/12). At least 5000 Pinks on Plex yesterday but hard to check in the gale.
Ringtail Hen Harrier over Crossens Outer last Saturday; dozen Twite on Banks and 2 Barnies with Pinks there. Barn Owl, Peregrine, Merlin too.
All the best for 2013.

Large wader flocks consisting of Bar-Tailed Godwit, Knot, Dunlin, Sanderling, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover and a few Turnstone and Redshank seemingly thronged along the whole coastline at Formby and displaying wonderfully.
Plenty of Stonechat and the odd Redwing through the dunes.
Flushing Snipe seems to be an everyday occurrence at the moment as you pick your way through the flooding on the few remaining paths.
Think it needs renaming Ravenmere.
I'm always on the move with the dog, but I imagine some good spotting to be had down by the Altcar end for those with a bit of time on their hands (and a pair of wellies!).

Last garden-tick of the year was a Sprawk skimming over the gardens locally, sending up dozens of panicking Woodpigeons.
All the best for 2013: and thanks (again) for the Blog: an excellent and entertaining read!

It's been a good read throughout 2012 John - many thanks. Best of luck for 2013.

Hi John,
Small number of 7 spot Ladybirds on Privet bush in garden this afternoon.
Mike

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