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Pleasantly quiet

Posted by on January 18, 2014 9:42 PM | 


Not a soul around at Hesketh Out Marsh when I turned up today, and it must be said, not too many birds either, although 20-30 Fieldfares on the approach track were nice, and one of the Great White Egrets was striding about on the marsh a billion miles away.
Still nice to see it in daylight rather than at dusk as it careens into the buckthorn on the Marine Lake island.


Wandered about south, then north, from the car park for an hour or two, as large flocks of Lapwings rose off the outer estuary, Skylarks were spooked by Kestrels and Kestrels screamed at Common Buzzards.
Blue-tinged Stock Doves bombing about with the Woodpigeons, and Mipits, Reed Bunts and Sprawk about the field edges.
A parliament of seven Grey Herons in one field and just up the road from Baxters Farm, 180-200 Whoopers grazing.
Couldn't spot anything odd in the herd (apart from a Mute Swan), but they were a bit far off and the views weren't great.
Buzzard wheeling about above them as the afternoon light began to fade.


Back at the 'towers in Ainsdale, a Little Egret flyover was notable - it might even be a garden tick - presumably one of the birds hanging around on the mosses on its way to the Marine Lake roost.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


Apologies to all who have tried to post comments over the last few days - software goosed, up, then down, like a displaying Hen Harrier.
Think it's ok now though, thanx to mystical gurus with big hammers who have been hard at work in big shining skyscraper dahn sarf.....
If problems develop again, apologies in advance!

Good views of Great White Egret on Crossens saltmarsh at 1400 today. Other highlights 2 male, 1 female Red-breasted Mergansers on high tide off the Compound at 1300, 12 Whooper Swans on the edge of the saltmarsh and a good show of raptors: Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, pair of Peregrines and 2 or 3 Merlins including a neat adult male.

On Sunday, late afternoon I was lucky to see two male Hen Harriers from the edge of the Sand Plant at Marshside. Both males briefly in the same scope view - maybe the first time I've had two males together at Marshide. Fantastic sight. Also Merlin, the Ross's Goose around the lagoon and the general spectacle on the fields.

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