Tring the alarm

A brief, murky and early look at Marshside and Hesketh today – this sun now would have been nice, camera was working overtime to get any joy in the semi-light of this morning. Dreaming of Pratincoles and Lesser Legs, but satisfied with a nice range of waders and some peaceful birding.

3 Common Sands were circuiting Rainfords, and a non-breeding plumage Knot was amongst the Black-tailed Godwit group. A couple of broods of Tufties too and a fly through Sparrowhawk.

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Nels looks really rare – if only this water would hold for a few more weeks, it could produce something really good. Still reasonable today with the ever present Glossy, yesterday’s Green Sand and a lovely breeding plumage Knot to go with the earlier grey.

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A range of juvenile Redshank sizes, with ever present parents mobbing anything that moved – pretty sure Green Sand don’t eat Redshank chicks! 4 Snipe also made a brief sortie out from cover to probe the mud.

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Hesketh had the resident 2 Spotted Red’s on Shelter – they even managed to fly around about and give a few calls which was nice. 4 Eider also on Shelter, Yellow Wags and several Arctics, including the bird on the cockles still sitting tight.

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Painting, carpet shopping and gardening the rest of the day, but it feels like its been a good one. Topped off with a couple of beers in the garden listening out to House Martin’s berating the resident Sparrowhawks. Speaking of bird’s of prey – a Buzzard perched up on a average speed camera on the A59 earlier – at least someone enjoys them……

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