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 the Hawthorns was a nice record, as was the male Stonechat close to the car park.
The adult male Harrier crossed the West distantly, but the Ringtail male showed really well on the East – it even settled down for a short period before continuing on with its quartering of the marsh. Not that we needed confirmation given its size, but it was nice to see the pale iris showing this bird to be a male.
The redhead Smew was still on the East. Distant, but showing well. Really interesting to watch it catching and eating fish – it seemed to chomp on the little fish once it had them in its bill rather than swallowing whole. Managed a couple of distant videos, but sadly none of it eating the fish.
A few more distant perched up raptors in the form of and adult female Peregrine and a Merlin, plus plenty of fly past Marsh Harrier etc kept all the wildfowl on its toes. An estimated 2000 Golden Plover and the same of Lapwing were roosting on the marsh where the Ribble meets the Douglas.
Finally a look at Banks added c200 Grey Plover, c300 Dunlin, and a single Turnstone….