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Cabin Hill

Posted by on October 19, 2013 6:41 PM | 


Once I'd picked up the casts of the prehistoric footprints (best not ask), I had a walk down Range Lane in Formby to Cabin Hill this afternoon.
Warm sunny spells saw Migrant Hawkers on the wing, and feeding flocks of Long Tailed Tits etc. 3 Greater Peckers and 2 Jays over heading south, while the stubble field south of Range High School had 200 Pink Feet.
Nice view of 'em through the hedgerow.
Several large groups of Fieldfares went through, some big flocks moving south, high over the coast, while a few restless parties dropped into the scrub and trees, but never hanging around for long.



About 50 Curlews in with the corvids on the fields behind Cabin Hill.
Bumped into Phil Smith who'd had a Chiffchaff in the woods, and we paused to watch a few more Fieldfare going through.
Had about 350 in an hour - not bad.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


Always fascinating how birding is so dependent on geographical area.
OK, this blog has given me much more of an insight into what's about locally, but I've just spent a couple of days on a (non-birding) visit to Edinburgh.
It seemed logical to check out the local bird life given that the persistent rain ruled out extensive sightseeing.
Wednesday on the south side of the Firth of Forth, with a flat-calm high tide, produced superb views of hundreds of Eider and Velvet Scoter; Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked, Slavonian and GC Grebes, Red-throated Diver and close-up views of the usual suspects - Oystercatchers, Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwits, hordes of Curlews and Redshanks etc.
Thursday, from the Marine Drive in Edinburgh I found a surprising flock of 200 or so waders not more than 20 feet from the passing populace with their dogs, kids and bikes.
Mainly Dunlin, there were also 30 or so Ringed Plovers, 50-ish Turnstones, and 3 Purple Sandpipers amongst them. They were happily roosting the high tide out, and although if a dog came too close they flushed, they always came back to the same concrete apron. Never seen any of these birds so close before.
Indeed, never seen five of these species ever before.
Weird how I can systematically comb the local area and come up birdless, then stumble across stuff like this almost by accident.
But that's birding I guess, and the novelty of the unfamiliar.

Frosty adult winter Med Gull with BHGs on the Withins this pm, Peregrine on Plex.

Stonechat again between Coast and Countryside offices and dunes at Ainsdale today.

What looks like a dozen or so Twite on track between Weld Road and start of the seawall this morning.

Peregrine and Sparrowhawk hunting around Haskayne Cutting. Mixed flock of Canada and Pink-Footed Geese feeding on adjacent field.

Belated news - Goosander on Sands Lake, Ainsdale, on Oct 15th.

Two pairs of Raven calling and heading south along the coast at Ainsdale during the course of this morning, and a Speckled Wood.

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