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Well, ain't you looking fine...?

Posted by on March 31, 2014 3:33 PM | 

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Watched one of the Med Gulls on the Sandplant lagoon for awhile today as it high stepped amongst the BHGs, throwing odd shapes and trying to rule the roost, strutting about on long legs, scraping and bowing.
Good, clean fun.

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Lots more of interest too today - with at least 6-7 singing Chiffchaffs on the golf course this morning and a Willow Warbler singing weakly at the top of the SSSI ditch, while Jay, Redpoll and Siskin went overhead there.
A steady passage of Meadow Pipits still.
As the tide came up, the Sandplant compound had at least four Wheatears (including 2 females), two singing Chiffchaffs, three Goldcrests, two Blackbirds and the usual Skylarks, Reed Buntings and Mipits displaced by the high tide.
A bewildered looking Short Eared Owl flapped south high over the outer marsh, presumably forced out by the water, only to circle forlornly off Hesketh Road, while gulls mobbed it.
Some very dapper Pied Wags in the compound too and Small Tortoiseshell, Buff Tailed Bumblebee etc when the sun came out.

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Offshore from the Sandplant one of the Ribble's male Eiders was diving, but a bit too far off for pix...

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A quick look at Marshside One gave me a fine group of five Sand Martin bombing north above the Blackwits, Avocets and Golden Plover, and a female Marsh Harrier moved through at 1345, being battered by the BHGs that rose from the floods to greet it.
Still about 600 Pinkies on the outer marsh - wonder how much longer they'll hang around for.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


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Woolston Eyes 31/03/14
2 Black Necked Grebes
4 Chiffchaffs, but many more heard
1 Willow Warbler heard only
1 Blackcap - female

My first Natterjacks of the year out in the dunes at Ainsdale today, even a few calling.
Also Sand and Common Lizard, Vernal Mining Bee, Northern Dune Tiger Beetle....

Lapwing over J3 of the M58. Unusual motorway tick!

A nice female White Wagtail along with three Pieds and 3 Meadow Pipits on Hillside GC practice ground yesterday lunch time (31st March).
A trickle of Meadow Pips overhead and also a couple of Siskin.
Nearby a Willow Warbler was singing on Royal Birkdale GC behind the Selworthy Road wooded cutting.
Today a pair of Little Owl in Kew near to where one spent the winter.

My first Swallow of the year zipping north over the dunes at Ainsdale at lunchtime today, closely followed by a Sand Martin.

0700-1040: a tour of sites from Marshside to Martin Mere via Mere Brow with Mr JK Bannon produced totals of 9 singing Chiffchaffs,3 Willow Warblers and 3 Blackcaps, with a slight passage of Meadow Pipits and Swallows over Marshside early on. Undoubted highlight excellent views of a Cetti's Warbler on a gorse bush at the edge of the eastern reedbed at Martin Mere at c.1000.

A quietish day yesterday at Marshside, three Med Gulls being the highlight. Nothing was visible in the sandplant thanks to some plonker flying a delta-winged model aircraft backwards and forwards across it.
The LT Duck was spotted resting on the bank next to, then in the Junction Pool, but something (model aeroplane?) spooked everything and it was last seen up near Nel's.
A group of 7 or 8 Sand Martins flew over, and a Peregrine flew fast along the tide line.
Today a stroll around the dunes and beach at Ainsdale produced three Wheatears, loads of Mipits, Skylarks and Reed Buntings, and male Stonechat.
What looked to be a lone Scoter (it was a black duck!) and a GC Grebe were just offshore, and Sanderling fizzing around at the water's edge.
A Wandering Dempsey was spotted about lunchtime, checking the pools and the skies just south of the Discovery Centre.

Tony

Still 37 Whooper Swans on Longton Marsh this morning.
Male Merlin plucking prey on fencepost.
At least 3 pairs of Lapwing and 2 pairs of Redshanks displaying in stubble near Dolphin PH. 3 Ruff and 2 Black-tailed Godwits nearby.
16 Corn Buntings (3+ singing males), Raven, Tree Sparrows and Lesser Redpoll other noteworthy species present.

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