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Like the man says: "You pays your money and you takes your choice!"

Posted by on April 7, 2014 6:32 PM | 

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Many thanks for the shots of today's Ring Necked Duck at Newton Lake from Ralph Jones.
Nice looking critter and great shots, but Ralph was faced with the usual wildfowl morality dilemmas...
Ralph explains: "Attached a couple of pics of the Newton-le-Willows Ring-Necked Duck that was showing very well on Newton Lake today.
One message on the pager suggested the duck was 'coming to bread'
As usual with ducks, you pays your money and takes your choice!
While I was at the lake, the Ring-Necked moved towards bread being chucked in, as did the resident Tufties, but didn't feed on bread.
I suspect the same would happen if you went to the lake in Central Park, New York, but no one would suggest they are escaped ducks. Anyway, there you are - nice to see!"

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It could have been worse Ralph - remember the day a few years back at the Marine Lake in Southport when the Red Crested Pochard came to gravel, never mind bread.....
Honorable mentions must also go to Philip Collins who sent me these shots of the ever obliging divey divey Long Tailed Duck from Nels:

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And thanks too to Tony Fagan, for his picture of the Marshside Med Gulls...

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Not seen much myself today, but in my defence I was putting up a full-size teepee with the team on the NNR.
I've never heard the Apache dialect before, at least that's what I think it was coming from the top of a ladder after two hours wrestling huge unco-operative poles and infinite folds of undisciplined canvas.
Chiffchaffs singing away there, Jays and Buzzards active and a few Redpolls buzzing over.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


A long and poorly-rewarded session at Marshside/Crossens 0900-1310; highlight a winter adult Little Gull midge-dipping in front of Nel's Hide late morning.
Otherwise a paltry total of spring migrants: 5 Wheatears, 4 Lesser Redpolls (over), 2 Swallows and single White Wagtail, Stonechat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.
And it's predicted to get cold and windy next week......emigration beckons!

Hi John,
A yammering gull alerted me to a leisurely flapping Osprey at 2pm today heading NNW over my Walton garden in the direction of Netherton/Sefton/Lunt.
This is the third time I've seen an Osprey from here!

Sat 12th April. 1.30pm.
20+ White Wagtail on Plex Moss.

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