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Patience pays off for Phil

Posted by on April 21, 2014 8:41 PM | 


Thanks to Phil Collins for this cracking shot of the male Ring Ouzel that has been hanging round the fields on the outskirts of Hightown for a few days now.
Always wary, as the species tends to be, it can disappear for long periods of time, but Phil got this great picture this morning.
Nothing so exciting on Plex today, although there was a nice emergence of Orange Tips in Haskayne Cutting, and a Peregrine chasing after Woodpigeons, while three Common Buzzards circled overhead.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


Martin Mere 21/04/14
1 x Grasshopper Warbler on Reed bed walk
1 x Peregrine
2 x Buzzard
1 x Med Gull
1 x Little Gull
2 x Ringed Plover

2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, White Wagtail and stacks of Wheatears on Plex Moss early evening. Large movement of hirundines heading north along the coast today.

Hightown, Wed am.
No sign of the Ring Ouzel today, but 5 Wheatears in the horse paddock off Gorsey Lane. Reduced numbers of White Wagtails in adjacent field along with 2 Ringed Plover and a single Yellow Wagtail feeding close to the track.

Marshside/Crossens, 0930-1320
At last a session worth getting out of bed for!
Drake Garganey asleep in a group of Teal at south end of Rimmer's Marsh; up to 25 Ruffs also there, males looking very feisty if not yet fully ruffed-up. Strong passage of Swallows and House Martins along shore had ceased by midday. Other new arrivals/migrants included 1 Common Sandpiper, 36 Wheatears, 1 Whinchat, 2 Tree Pipits,4 Lesser Redpolls, 5 each Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats, 16 Willow Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff.

Hi John,
For those travelling to USA (or Shetland!), the authors of The Warbler Guide have posted free downloadable PDFs of all 56 species of American Warbler, including head patterns, tail patterns, etc. useful to keep on the phone, ipad, etc.

Grasshopper Warbler reeling away in the frontal dunes beside Ainsdale Discovery Centre first thing this morning, with at least 6 Wheatears perched on the rooftops and bushes.

Marshside/Crossens, 0850-1410
Definitely my best spring session on the ol'Patch for quite a few years: A male Redstart by the HGC Embankment early on, followed by a female Redstart and a male Garden Warbler by Nel's Hide and topped up by a stonking male Pied Flycatcher below Crossens embankment. Add to that a supporting cast including 2 male Whinchats, 11 Wheatears, 8 Whitethroats and 4 Blackcaps. Now at least 30 male and female Ruffs at the south end of Rimmer's Marsh, but no sign of any serious sexual/aggressive activity yet. Long-tailed Duck, now in some kind of summer plumage, still on Junction Pool; can any duck aficionado out there clarify this thing's sex? If it's a male I'd have expected a more impressive tail than that miserable stump!

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