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The roar of the traffic

Posted by on December 16, 2012 4:15 PM | 


Wonderful as Crossens Outer is on a high tide, it could never be described as being "peaceful".
The constant drone of cars whizzing by at your back and a steady descent into carbon monoxide poisioning always takes the edge off the site for me.
Plenty of birds out there today though, with the Great White Blob doing its thing in the distance, and 56 Whoopers feeding on the floods a bit closer.


Dunlin, Golden and Grey Plover, Lapwings, Curlew and Blackwits roosting, with Peregrine, Sprawk and Kestrel hunting.
A Rock Pipit joined the Pied Wags on the bend.
Made a pleasant change to see one on the deck at Marshside as opposed to picking 'em up on call over the Sandplant.


Earlier in the afternoon a fair few Skylarks were in the air over the Sandplant, as the tide covered the outer marsh.
Just the usual off there - wildfowl, waders and egrets, with gulls foraging on the water's edge.


With the light fading at 1500, I called into Sandgrounders to check through the grazing Pinkies, but there was nowt out of the ordinary.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...



2 Waxwings in trees by the junction of Kenilworth Road and Gleneagles Drive, Ainsdale, at 0830 today, and 4 more flying north shortly after.

25 Bewick's Swans in the 645 Whooper Swans at Hundred End viewed from the western end of Hesketh Out Marsh this morning. Merlin, Peregrine and Kingfisher other birds of note today.

If your New Year’s resolution involves getting closer to nature, then make a date with RSPB Marshside.
Hit the ground walking on New Year’s Day with RSPB staff and volunteers on a free guided walk around this wetland wonderland. At this time of year the reserve is teeming with wildlife, including wading birds and wildfowl.
You may be even luck enough to see a Peregrine or a Short Eared Owl hunting across the great carpet of saltmarsh.
Alex Pigott, RSPB warden at Marshside said: “This is a perfect start to the new year, whether you need to walk off that extra Christmas pudding, clear your head, or just enjoy the great outdoors and the amazing wildlife and views at Marshside”.
The free walk starts at 11am at the visitor centre (Sandgrounders’ Hide) on Tuesday 1 January.
Booking is essential – please call the Ribble Discovery Centre on 01253 796292 to book your place.
For more information about the event, please visit

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