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Out of the smog

Posted by on April 4, 2014 12:55 PM | 

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Picked up Bazzo at the crack of 0915 today and we headed down to Marshside, checking the golf course first in the dense, gloomy smog.
There wasn't much moving, but we pushed on, despite the first five Canaries succumbing to the poor air quality and our pit ponies getting lost in the murk.
4 Sand Martins and 6 Swallows through, and a handful of Mipit flocks (but nothing like the passage earlier in the week).
5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and a male Blackcap on the golf course, with Goldcrest and 3 Ruff over, which were later feeding at the bottom of Marshside One from the platform.
1 Wheatear in Wheatear Corner.
With the westerly wind freshening the visibility began to improve so we drove up to perennially cold gulag of Hesketh Out Marsh (does this place ever get warm?)
Just a few Mipits, and single Wheatear and Grey Plover there, apart from the Avocet horde, Linnets, Oycs, Shelduck and a Little Egret or two.
Not the most thrilling morning - but that's spring, something brill could come through at any minute...or not.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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Three Sandwich Terns on Ainsdale beach this afternoon.

Marshside 05/04/14
5 Med Gulls
1 Ruff
1 Little Egret
2 Grey Heron
25+ Avocet
Several hundred each of Black Tailed Godwit and Golden Plover
1 Barnacle Goose

Red Kite drifted north east over Lifeboat Road car park, Formby, at 0945 today. Appeared to be untagged, lost the bird behind the pines. Nice.

Heard my first Reed Warbler today along the reedbed walk near Martin Mere.
Still only seen a handful of Swallows though.

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