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Any old 'port in a storm...

Posted by on December 28, 2013 4:20 PM | 

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Heard about the Great Northern Diver on Southport's Marine Lake this afternoon, so headed up to have a look with the last few minutes of light (at about 1530!!).
The bird was fishing away at the north end of the lake, typically disappearing beneath the chop for long periods of time, before rising submarine-like onto the surface for a few short moments _ marginally easier to take blurry shots of than the Long Tailed Duck at Junction Pool.
Marginally.
Hopefully it'll still be about tomorrow - when it may be easier to admire in better light.
The last one on the lake millions of years ago came quite close as I remember...
Male Goldeneye on there too this afternoon, but bitterly cold and I wimped off home before any egrets started appearing.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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4 Comments

Hi John, and season's greetings to one and all.
Only just catching up after a rather traumatic Christmas (family bereavement), so updates on the GND and Buff-bellied Pipit at Burton very welcome.
Tony

John,
Superb views of the diver this afternoon. Very active, covering much of the central area of the Marine Lake, diving every few seconds, occasionally coming very close to the promenade on the east side.
Phil.

Hi everybody I know this excellent blog is mainly for birds, but on Boxing Day I had a White-tailed Bumblebee in my garden feeding on my winter-flowering honeysuckle shrub - most unusual I thought.

Burton Marsh 29th December

1 distant view of Hen Harrier
1 Wheatear
2 Stonechat
2 Chiffchaff (Siberian by all accounts)
Many Meadow Pipits, but no sign of the Buff Bellied Pipit for most of the day.

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