After a nice family day out to Martin Mere, which was full of birds from the new hide, I had a couple of hours near Marshside this afternoon. First hour was spent watching gulls at the marine lake. Lots of Herrings of various ages, and a single LBB. The highlight was this beast of an adult ssp argentatus.
Love these birds with their darker mantle, heavily streaked head and pale bill. A couple of group shots showing the differences in structure and mantle colour.
A quick look in Nels, but I was distracted by a huge flock of geese I could see towards Crossens. I rushed back to the car and messaged Pete and Mark who I knew were in the area to let them know. I saw them in the car park and we decided to head down to wildfowlers pull in. On the way there, the whole flock came across the road and most of them landed on Crossens Inner.
In the fading late, we scanned through them fast and were quickly rewarded. An adult Greenland Whitefront was followed by a 2nd. Next came a juv Russian and then another adult Greenland – superb. Also 6 Barnacles. We searched for a Bean, but the birds gradually moved back out to the coast and the light had gone by the time we finished. One of the Greenlands is a stunner – a really dark bird. Hopefully we’ll get better views and images of that.
Adult Greenland no. 1
Adult Greenland no. 2
Adult Greenland no. 3 – the dark bird
Juv Russian (a very small bird)
Just a mega 20 minutes to be honest – who knows what else is in there…..