L R Please

A stellar start to the day as I picked up an Osprey over the out marsh whilst driving down Marine Drive at Marshside – a “temporary” parking spot later, and I manged a rubbish record shot as it headed across to Blackpool.


The golf course was pretty quiet, but it was a lovely morning to be out. 6 Siskin, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 6 Sand Martin, multiple Chiffs and singing Goldcrest the only highlights – should produce something soon.


The Sand Plant held 2 White Wagtails and 3 or 4 Wheatear.


Hesketh was quiet as a mouse which is a surprise as the pools look really promising. Highlight was a cracking LRP – its great to have them back and another good sign of Spring. Apart from that, just Avocets and Redshanks waderwise, a small group of Whoopers fattening up for their journey to Iceland, 4 Goosander and a Corn Bunting of note.


West end looking over Banks was much more productive with thousand and thousands of geese spread out as far as the eye could see. The Grey-bellied Brant was bashing up Pinks in the nearer birds, but the haze hampered the viewing and the images. It’s great to have the sun on your back, but it plays havoc with distant goose viewing.


That set the tone for the rest of the day really – staring at shimmering geese, just out of “Bean range”, but too tempting to simply ignore – not sure I could ever just drive past a group of geese!

The North American Canada was also out on Banks, and the Barnacles were on Crossens Outer, but didn’t manage anything else today – sadly beaten by the light, the haze and the distance. Not helped by some prat seemingly deliberately loop-the-looping their plane over the birds and scattering them far and wide.

Back home with a belisha beacon for a face. Time for a beer in the garden and hopes of my 2nd Osprey of the day…….



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