The new August

June’s supposed to be a quiet month for birding – I should be pretending I’m as interested in orchids, butterflies and Odanta, but nobody told the returning waders they had to wait.

A couple of early mornings to Hesketh and the surrounding area has offered lots of nice waders and a few other gems too. The weathers also been very pleasant – that’s 2 weekends in a row I’ve had a t-shirt on at Hesketh – surely a record.

The Spotted Red has now been joined by a 2nd – the first one starting to fade, but the new bird an absolute stonker (both birds in the poor record below).

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The one-legged Curlew Sand is still hopping around – it seems to feed ok, and it dwarfed the Dunlin it was with for a time today.

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Other wader highlights have included a handful of Dunlin, 2 Bl t Godwit, a couple of flyover Whimbrel, a Common Sand (you’ll see a theme in a bit), a colour ringed Redshank (black upper, orange lower right; metal upper, black lower left – I think its a Lancs scheme) and a whopping 148 Avocet.

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The first juvenile Little Egrets have started feeding on the lagoons, a Cuckoo was a great sight yesterday, Yellow Wags are zipping between the marsh and the fields with food for their young, 2 Eiders also on the pools, and a family of Coal Tits were working along the hedges.

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Great to see was the efforts of the RSPB staff on the new cockle beds – An Arctic Tern sitting c/w electric fence to keep it safe from predators and clumsy cattle.

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A Banded Demoiselle was unusual and perhaps the first one I’ve seen here.

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Banks was pretty quiet, but 8 Golden plover were my first returning birds this year. Probably around 40 Dunlin too.

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Marshside’s resident Glossy was performing well today

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5 more Common Sands were scattered around the reserve and a flockette of Dunlin was fluttering around Polly’s

img_8322img_8359Reed Warblers showing well by Nels and a lot of Painted Lady’s speeding around the place.

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The marine lake had another Common Sand, and at the docks, yes – you’ve guessed it – yet another. No immature Terns there this year to grill, but lots of juvs and some are getting near fledging……

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