X marks the spot

Another 4 hour stint from dawn at Hesketh Golf Course this morning. Again, really enjoyable despite not really seeing much quality. Highlight was easily a party of 4 Crossbill that flew over reasonably low giving their distinctive call. They were heading east and came through at about 11.15am and provided a welcome reward for the […]

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Beardie birdies

Despite the forecast torrential rain, I headed out at dawn and spent about 3 hours on a deserted Hesketh Golf Course looking for migrants. The only other person I saw was the Greenkeeper and he was wisely in a golf buggy. Still the bushes had plenty of birds in them with some nice tit flocks […]

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Double helpings

A double dose of Hesketh today broken up by an overly optimistic Scoter search. Started at dawn and the drake American Wigeon was showing well on shelter pool with about 400 Eurasian birds. Shame it was so murky as I probably could have got some decent shots. Nice to watch it without a force 10 […]

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Baldpate 2

A few better images of the male bird here:   Also much better of the female. I think the axillaries colour/pattern may rule out American, but waiting for further feedback – great looking bird, and all other elements look spot on, including what can be seen of the upper wing.

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Baldpate

A quick visit first thing to Hesketh turned out to be a good decision. I’d wanted to see if the wader flock from yesterday had any new additions and there was one more Little Stint so 3 birds in total. The juv Curlew Sand was also still with c50 Dunlin. On the way back to […]

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Sunny delight

A dawn start at Hesketh and the clear skies plus the surprisingly chilly southerly made it a raw one. As the sun rose though, the light was perfect. Waders were the star of the show, and there was plenty of species. Highlights were 2 Little Stint and a Curlew Sand feeding in with around 40 […]

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Barnacle Bill

A family day out today in Southport, but on the way home I noticed a few thousand Pinks on Suttons at Marshside.¬†John Dempsey¬†had also given me a heads up he’d had one of the AGP’s on Crossens Inner so I had a quick turn around at home and went out for a couple of hours. […]

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Midget gem

Early start at Hesketh hoping that some mud was showing again after a week without any tidal top ups, but its still too high for small waders. The visit started well(ish) with a pair of Egyptian Geese flew over the car as I arrived in the car park. A full patch tick even though they […]

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Petrel heads

An early morning jaunt to Ainsdale today as the weather looked favourable for a few Leach’s. The wind had too much South in it, but a decent amount of West when I first got there and I was rewarded after about half an hour with a cracking juv Sab’s gull fairly close in to shore […]

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The Redeemer

After the disappointment of last weeks Semi-P debacle, messing up a probable 3rd for Lancs on patch, it was nice to somewhat redeem myself by finding a cracking moulting adult American Golden Plover at Marshside today. Initially very distant, its very white super, slim build and constant movement made it stand out at the back […]

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