One of those days where there was nothing rare, but I really enjoyed being out. It started with my first dawn session on the golf course of the year. Not much to report – Redpoll and Grey Wag over, Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrushes and lots of common stuff singing. It did allow a good […]

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When you’re tired of geese….

I was hoping for another super goose day today, but there just weren’t the numbers on the estuary compared to recent days. The main group was on inland fields near Crossens and there was probably 3,000 at max count. Best bird was a different young Russian Whitefront from last weeks – this one has no […]

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Spiffing old Bean

Great to be back on the Ribble today after my exciting excursions to the Fylde last week (Goose odyssey and Ten-acious). I started with a dawn visit to Ainsdale to coincide with the high tide. Not masses of birds, but a nice range of waders. Highlight was a single Turnstone, but also a very tame Barwit fed […]

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Couldn’t resist a 2nd bite at the cherry today – the saying goes that you can have too much of a good thing – I don’t think so. Another 6 hours in the Eagland Hill area today hammering the large Pink-foot flock that’s roaming the place in varying pack sizes. Started off well with a […]

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Goose odyssey

Going back to my roots – a trip to the Fylde. After Stuart Piner’s superb goose haul the other day, I thought I’d give the Fylde flocks a bash. Eagland Hill via New/Bradshaw Lane was the first port of call. A few small groups of Pinks spread here and there and then 200 or so […]

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Today was all about wildfowl – I must have walked 3/4 of the sea wall between Hesketh car park and Crossens today scanning the Geese and Wigeon flocks. The recent spring tides have refreshed Hesketh and the pools are now all full to the brim with both water and birds. At least 5,000 duck on […]

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Spring break

These big spring tides at Marshside are great – highlighting the sheer number of birds out there on the marsh. Raptors are always the stars – Short-eared Owl, 2cy and 3cy male Hen Harriers, multiple Merlins, Marsh Harrier + the commoner species The 3cy male Hen is a stunning bird, its plumage almost male Marsh […]

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An early morning start at a dingy Hesketh hoping the recent cold weather and easterly winds had brought something new in.  Fewer birds than of late, but a female Hen Harrier at the West end (see what I mean about the light) was a nice start. Also at that end were c3,000 Pinks and a […]

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Casper the friendly ghost

Couldn’t resist a go at the gulls at Redgate Recycling Centre following recent photo’s coming from there. What a great site! 2cy Caspian, 2cy Iceland and plenty of argentatus Herrings in the mix including one bird with very reduced black in the wingtip. The Iceland gives ridiculous views and doesn’t spook when it is sat on its […]

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