Terned out nice again

A midday walk along Ainsdale beach with Claire for the high tide was a real spectacle – I’d forgotten just how fantastic it is here when the waders get pushed in by a big one. A couple of stubborn dog walkers/bird flushers disturbed the birds, but the poor forecast probably put plenty off even though […]

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Shear luck

Started the Dorset holiday with a 4 hour sea watch off Portland on Sunday afternoon as the weather looked good for bringing in some birds. Better than I could have expected with the highlight being finding a west bound Great Shear that gave a decent view as it shot through. Also managed to get the […]

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Musical youth

A very early start at a murky Hesketh Out Marsh this morning. It felt great to bird in conditions other than “scorchio” although the reduced visibility provided by the light drizzle had a knock on effect with the photo quality! Up to 3 juvenile Arctic Tern were perfecting their fishing techniques on shelter pool and […]

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Polly’s puddle

A quick visit to Marshside before work, and the site is now very dry with Polly’s reduced to just a puddle in the far corner. There were 1,000 Dunlin on there on Friday morning, none today! The waders have been pushed on to the pools by Sandgrounders where 300+ Dunlin were feeding. The flock held […]

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Black Flag

An early start at Hesketh to beat the heat. A Barn Owl as I arrived on the car park was a good start, and Shelter Pool had quite a few birds on it as I peered over the sea wall. Dunlin, Avocet, Curlew, Redshank and Avocet all feeding on the fringes, but best of all […]

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No stone unturned

Hardly been birding on the Ribble since my holiday, so it was nice to get out early this morning for a walk along the bank at Hesketh. There might be a heatwave coming next week, but it was decidedly chilly this morning in the stiff breeze. A great start when I came across a group […]

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Nairn better

Just come back from a fantastic family holiday in Nairn near Inverness, where we managed to see most of the Highland and Speyside specialities in just one full day birding plus some stop offs after days out. An extended stop at Killiecrankie on the way up saw 2 singing Wood Warbler – what a great […]

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Catcher in the rye

After searching for and expecting Black Terns at Marshside all week, I noticed that 5 had been seen this afternoon at Nels so I drove over for a look. There were still 3 there distantly from Marshside Road when I got across so I parked up at the Sandplant for a walk and a closer […]

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Double DiStint

An early morning visit to the golf course was a non event again – tough year for me on there. A Hare was sunning itself by Fairclough’s but I could see that most of the birds were at the far end of Rimmers. A scan from the Junction Screen showed that yesterday’s new influx of […]

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Tern it in

An early start again to seeĀ  yesterday’s reported Wood Sand near Stanley High School at Marshside. It didn’t disappoint and was feeding away close to the public footpath on the pools. It had disappeared by the time I’d done the golf course and returned, but maybe it was just hiding in some of the rushy […]

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