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A change from eating dust

Posted by on April 28, 2014 6:44 PM | 


Enjoyed the novelty of leaves and branches yesterday as opposed to eating dust on Plex not seeing anything, so this morning I got up way too early and was on the Hesketh Golf Club embankment long before a chap has usually had his first cup of java.
Conditions looked promising - misty, cool and overcast after rain in the night, but very little was moving.
Plenty of commoner warblers singing, but just one Redpoll buzzing through, and two Wheatears in Wheatear Corner, with a White Wagtail.
The Ruffs were getting jiggy and Dunlin groups were scurrying about much like yesterday on Fairclough's Pool.


4 Wheatears in the Sandplant compound, with two Whitethroats there and a singing Chiffy, plus the usual Skylarks, Mipits and Linnets.
In the shimmer on the edge of the rising tide good numbers of pristine summer plumage Grey Plovers looked stunning, but were just too far off.
Steamboat Willie still on the Junction Pool, and two White Wagtails at the back of the Sandplant lagoon.
The Sedge Warblers were singing their bits off at the corner of Marshside Road, so I crouched quietly on the roadside and they soon came out and sat up to chunter away in the sun.


Popped into Sandgrounders Hide, where a Common Sand was bobbing about on the island (my first one this year), but it was a bit hot in the hide, so I pulled out.


By now it was lunchtime and I went back down to Hesketh Road, where I met up with Ralph Jones and had a flyover Tree Pipit, before it was time to head back out onto the terrible Plex flatlands and eat more dust for no return apart from a few Grey Partridges and Wheatears.
Eyes to the skies everyone eyes to the skies...



Love the pics of the Sedge Warblers John.
Are these digiscoped? I understand that patience plays a large part in getting decent photographs, but having spent a couple of days haunting a local spot for Reed and Sedge Warblers, I've had no clear views and nary a photo opportunity.
The boogers seem want to keep their heads well down, and whilst there's loads of noise and activity low down in the reeds, not much has been showing.
JD: Yup, digiscoped with a handheld Panasonic Lumix on x2 zoom on a Nikon ED scope (30x lens) - same as I usually try to take pix with Tony.
The image was heavily cropped before going on the blog, as per usual.
I was about 20-30 feet from the bird and it ignored me while it sang - which meant I wasn't disturbing it.
Took it from the footpath at the Marshside Rd junction - but please stay on the path.
Percy Sledges aren't too bad, but Reed Warblers are much more difficult to digiscope.
Stick with it Tony!

Marshside/Crossens, 0950-1415
Apart from a noticeable influx of singing male Whitethroats (11 new birds between HGC and Crossens Sewage Works) a very quiet session despite the prevailing E/SE winds: new arrivals/migrants totalled 10 widespread Wheatears, 1 male Whinchat on the fence-wire on Crossens Outer, 8-10 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler.
A Blackcap singing on Crossens Embankment for ten days now will be the first for the site outside HGC if it stays to breed.
A male Common Scoter on Junction Pool very unusual.

Marshside/Crossens 0840-1315
Substantial overnight arrival of Sedge Warblers: at least 30 in all with over 20 new males spluttering away in bushes and bramble-patches from Hesketh Road to the Sewage Works.
Male Lesser Whitethroat rattling below the Marine Drive embankment c. 300 m south of Nel's Hide. Otherwise quiet: new arrivals/migrants totalled 13 Wheatears, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Willow Warbler, C.20 Swallows, 5 House Martins.
A female Merlin chasing a Skylark (unsuccessfully) over the saltmarsh late, but not unprecedented.

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