Eton Rifles

The Jam’s song on the stereo this morning on the way out was pretty apt – as I opened the car door at Hesketh the sound of guns from the outer marsh put a mass of duck up on the western part of the reserve. Thankfully they whirled around a few times, but then dropped […]

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Let there be light

It seemed to take an age for the light to improve today – very murky and hazy at Hesketh until at least 10ish, and even with the weak winter sun in the air, it was still a struggle to get decent pics. Not a great deal new today, but 5 Corn Bunting in one of […]

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Easy for Smew to say

Another dawn start at Hesketh hoping for more views of the Dowitcher, but  not to be. The Wigeon numbers have greatly reduced with many now out by the river or on Banks, but there was still a thousand or so to work through. There were 5 Goosander on the West and a Spotted Red in […]

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Brief encounter(s)

A dawn visit to Hesketh yesterday looking through the duck, was interrupted when a wader flushed from one of the pools by the bank – it stayed fairly low, did a couple of circles quite close to me and then headed off towards the east part of the reserve where it appeared to drop in. […]

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Goosing is the Anser

Really enjoyed the close up views of a flock of about 2,000 Pinks in Banks recently. Few things are more relaxing and absorbing than watching and listening to a settled goose flock feed. Highlight has undoubtedly been the Greenland Whitefront that’s been with them every time I’ve scanned the flock. There seems to have been […]

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Easy Asio

An early start at Hesketh hoping for a repeat of the Wigeonfest from yesterday. The number of duck on the reserve at the minute is incredible, but the high tides have put a lot of water into the pools so they’re spread out and take a long time to work through. Highlight of the day […]

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Dad’s gone to Greenland

After a family day out at Martin Mere, I had a really productive hour and a half at Marshside looking over Crossens Outer until dusk. The highlight was probably a neck collar Greenland Whitefront that was in with the Pinks, but it had some competition. The bird was just too distant and the light not […]

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What’s good for the goose…

A 3 1/2 hours stint from dawn at Hesketh this morning. It was a birding battle with the constant strong southerly, poor light and light drizzle, but I gradually notched up a decent list of birds. It felt wintry and the birds were very much a winter haul too. Seems like autumn is well and […]

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A smidgen of Wigeon

A late start despite the clocks changing, just couldn’t get out of bed this morning – must have been all those miles pounding the bank of the Thames looking for gulls last week. I got to Hesketh and wandered up to Shelter Pool. There was around 1,000 Wigeon on the pool or grazing on the […]

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Hen’s teeth

After over a week away from patch following a holiday in London, it was nice to arrive at Hesketh at dawn this morning. The northerly wind was bitter, but there were plenty of birds on the pools and the air was full of whistling Wigeon and trumpeting Whoopers. Around 30 Whoopers on the reserve itself […]

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