A superb (very) early morning visit to Hesketh before work was a real joy in the sunshine.
The hedgerow is teaming with birds – I’ve never seen so many Common Whitethroat in one place, add to that a mix of Tree Sparrow, Yellow and Pied Wagtail, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, a single Willow Warbler and best of all a Lesser Whitethroat which are rare at HOM. This bird had added interest as it had the most striking super I’ve ever seen on one – very odd!
Young Common Whitethroat everywhere!
The resident Spotted Red was feeding on Shelter, and there were still 9 Avocet knocking around. 8 or so Arctic Tern were joined by a single Common and a Greenshank was calling way out on the marsh.
But the best waders were still to come, I heard a Green Sand calling and then a Wood Sand too – they gave a superb fly by as they circled the pools together – a really interesting flight comparison. They went down towards Shelter so I walked back to try and fine them. Another Green Sand then flew through calling and headed towards Banks.
I managed to find the first 2 birds still together in one of the small pools near Shelter – what a pair of crackers, and further great comparison views. Some poor records, but scope views were spot on.