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A moment of light

Posted by on January 10, 2013 11:05 AM | 


Shockingly pale bellied Buzzard in the dunes yesterday - an effect caused by a brief moment or two of sunshine before the mist rolled back in again as I continued clearing scrub in the Birkdale dunes.
Couldn't resist this long range digi-binned effort.
I know they're common, but I still like seeing 'em - it wasn't that long ago when they were a hard bird to find in our area.
Water levels really high in there at present, which goes some way to explaining the regular squelching of Snipe and squealing of Water Rails as I worked.
Chiffy calling in there on Tuesday, and on Wednesday a nice flock of about 30 Redpoll overhead.
Sprawk, Kestrel, Fieldfare, Redwing, Bullfinch and Goldfinch with the odd Mipit too.
Haven't had time to get onto the Green Beach to see if the Snow Bunts are still around, but that's the way it goes sometimes.
Perhaps someone could let us know if they're still about using the "Comments" thingy?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


Great White showing well on Crossens outer at about 12 o'clock today, somebody put one on Birdline at Banks Marsh at the same time. Do we think there are 2 out there ??

Happy New Year John! We live out in Adlington now, so get don't get out to Southport very often.
Birding highlight here so far are the Kingfishers along the canal and Goldcrests in Smithills woods.
Keep up the blogging!

Amazing image John, looks just like the Middle East with a Steppe Buzzard in an Acacia !!

I checked the Marine Lake late afternoon today. 35 Littles and The Great White Egret roosted (GW last as always, came at 4.45) and interestingly a/the Spoonbill came in, possibly following a Little about 4.35, almost landed in the roost, before rising, circling the north end of the lake twice and heading back north towards the Ribble. 6 Tufted Duck the only wildfowl other than the usual Coot, etc.

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