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Now that's just plain lazy

Posted by on February 15, 2014 5:08 PM | 

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I know the weather has been pretty shocking recently, but going to bed at 2.30pm is going a bit far if you ask me - but that's what one of the Great White Egrets did today, flying into the north island on Southport Marine Lake with a Little Egret in tow unusually early.
Nice to see it reasonably close in daylight for a change though...

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Actually the Marine Lake was on fire today, with a/the (?) Great Northern Diver fishing at the north end off the breakwater again, and occasionally staying above the surface for just long enough for me to get a few ropey digi-scoped shots.

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An adult winter Kittiwake was bobbing about under the bank beside the shelter on the Promenade, with the Coots and Mute Swans, but it flew out to sea before I could get my 'scope and camera ready for a shot - slightly more obliging was a young Little Gull which floated in on the wind amongst the BHGs before drifting off to the south.
Managed a point and press record shot of it, dwarfed by a BHG.

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Stormblown waif.
More expected were four male Goldeneyes out on the swell - you're right Duncan, they are splendid.

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Not a bad bag for a cold hour on a windy winter afternoon!
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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Probably my highest-ever count of Black-tailed Godwits at Marshside this morning during WeBS on Rimmer's Marsh: 4350.
Other spp included 1700 Lapwings, 1029 Golden Plovers, 116 Tufted Ducks; dabbling duck numbers well down on January's totals and nothing unusual seen among c.6000 assorted gulls.
Good views of a Great White Egret from Sandgrounders Hide; not a hint of any early passerine movements.

Slavonian Grebe close inshore off Victoria Road, Freshfield, at 11am, today, also Great Crested Grebe, RB Merg. Further up the coast there appears to have been a wreck of birds with Guillemot, Razorbill and a Fulmar on the beach at Ainsdale.

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