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Unscheduled Marshside

Posted by on March 9, 2014 5:26 PM | 

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Socialising plans fell through for Mrs D and I this morning, which gave me the opportunity to nip down to the marsh for an hour or two, just as it began to warm up into the first "real" spring feeling day this year.
Hordes of Avocets on Marshside One (Bazzo had approximately 40), but wildfowl numbers clearly diminishing now.

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A trickle of Mipits and alba wags moving through as the BHGs squawked and screamed around the Sandplant lagoon.
Reed Bunts, Mipits and Goldfinch in the compound until a scrambler bike turned up.
For once the riders were reasonable when I asked them to leave - must have been the sunshine.
Buff Tailed Bumblebees, Coltsfoot and Lesser Celandine.
Half expected to see a butterfly in the warm sun, but I guess they'll have to wait.
Up at Crossens Inner, Bazzo and I watched about 1,000 Golden Plover were wheeling around in the blue sky when they weren't hesitantly wandering about the grass.
Three Buzzards circling distantly over the back of Churchtown were just 'scopable.
Yesterday spent some time watching the male Blackcap round the feeders at Dempsey Towers again, resulting in my usual rubbish "through the window" pictures.

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Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...



7 Comments

Having a little break in Montreux, Switzerland - some good birds seen include Crested Tit, Alpine Chough, Dipper, Red Kite, Red Crested Pochard, Goosander and more displaying Great Crested Grebes than you could shake a stick at!

Hi John,
Chiffchaff calling this morning in Walton, on rough ground at the top of Walton Rec. Also weird hybrid goose thing on the canal near Marsh Lane.
Ian H

Checked the wintering Blackcaps near Royal Birkdale again in lovely sunny conditions early afternoon. 2 birds now in song with at least three feeding at the front at one stage. Meaning an absolute minimum 4 birds. Majority males as always seems to be the case here.

Small, but mobile, flock of Common Crossbills moving through the National Trust pinewoods between Victoria Road and Wicks Lane, Formby today.
Also Siskin, Gtr Pecker etc in there.

Four Whooper Swans over the old Toad Hall at Ainsdale this morning in the fog.

Second-summer Mediterranean Gull and long-staying Long-tailed Duck in front of Nel's Hide at Marshside, late morning; one singing Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrests, c 30 Pied Wagtails and 15 Meadow Pipits total of passerine migrants between 1020 and 1300

Two Oystercatchers out on Aughton Moss this afternoon accompanied by singing Skylarks. Lovely to hear despite the dismal conditions out there.
Pet hate: the seemingly increasing incidents of fly-tipping. Hate it!

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