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Poised like a coiled spring

Posted by on May 18, 2014 8:11 PM | 


To be fair to Tropical Thomason, he wasn't the only one who fell victim to "Mr Sleepyhead" while we took part in the Marshside bird race today - we ain't any of us getting any younger!
I joined up with Neill "Er" Hunt, "Tropical" Thomason and Alan "Not Wrong" Wright at midnight for a fruitless listen for owls by Hesketh Golf Course, but things started in earnest at 7am on a glorious warm May morning.
Thanks for the great company guys - thoroughly enjoyable day.
Neill took care of the list, but I don't know how many we finally ended up with (list lost at 1400, found again by 1530...all very hard work to stay awake and alert for long periods of time these days).
He'll tot it all up before the Land of Nod no doubt.


Highlights included a lovely young Little Gull, Yellow Wagtail, a big fat Raven calling away on the outer marsh, Common Tern, flyby Great White Egret, 2 male Eiders, Peregrine, fine male Ruff, and a singing Corn Bunting out on the seawall across the road from the water treatment plant, audible and visible from the Marshside recording area.
Haven't had one of the latter on the marsh for a long, long time!


"The Man in the White Suit" (as Bazzo has wonderfully named it) was still performing beside Marshside Road, drawing lots of admirers and looking as crazy as only a leucistic Sedgie can.
As is always the way with bird races we missed a few we should have got - Grey Partridge was most annoying, especially as I'd been watching 'em by the relic dunes only yesterday...
Time for a nap now.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


Neill's added it all up and we managed 84 bird species between midnight and approx 1530 today within the confines of the Marshside recording area.

A quick visit to Martin Mere on Sunday afternoon.
1 Little Gull from the In Focus shop
2 Little Ringed Plover at Raines Hide
10 Avocet at Ron Barker Hide
1 Blackcap on nature trail

A Red Admiral 'battered' northwards past me at 1pm today as I visited a farm shop at Bold Heath near Widnes.

A few bits since returning from Cuba.
A Black Tailed Godwit on puddles by Heathy Lane Bridge a few days ago was an interesting record. Yesterday single Gannet off Weld Road, early afternoon also female Wheatear and breeding plumage Little Eget - I wonder if/where that is nesting, also plenty of Dunlin, Sanderling and Ringed Plover.

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