A quick visit first thing to Hesketh turned out to be a good decision. I’d wanted to see if the wader flock from yesterday had any new additions and there was one more Little Stint so 3 birds in total. The juv Curlew Sand was also still with c50 Dunlin. On the way back to […]

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Sunny delight

A dawn start at Hesketh and the clear skies plus the surprisingly chilly southerly made it a raw one. As the sun rose though, the light was perfect. Waders were the star of the show, and there was plenty of species. Highlights were 2 Little Stint and a Curlew Sand feeding in with around 40 […]

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Barnacle Bill

A family day out today in Southport, but on the way home I noticed a few thousand Pinks on Suttons at Marshside.¬†John Dempsey¬†had also given me a heads up he’d had one of the AGP’s on Crossens Inner so I had a quick turn around at home and went out for a couple of hours. […]

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Midget gem

Early start at Hesketh hoping that some mud was showing again after a week without any tidal top ups, but its still too high for small waders. The visit started well(ish) with a pair of Egyptian Geese flew over the car as I arrived in the car park. A full patch tick even though they […]

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Petrel heads

An early morning jaunt to Ainsdale today as the weather looked favourable for a few Leach’s. The wind had too much South in it, but a decent amount of West when I first got there and I was rewarded after about half an hour with a cracking juv Sab’s gull fairly close in to shore […]

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The Redeemer

After the disappointment of last weeks Semi-P debacle, messing up a probable 3rd for Lancs on patch, it was nice to somewhat redeem myself by finding a cracking moulting adult American Golden Plover at Marshside today. Initially very distant, its very white super, slim build and constant movement made it stand out at the back […]

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Calidris ferruginea

  A thoroughly miserable morning at Hesketh weatherwise, but a close encounter with one of my favourite waders eclipsed the rain and the wind and was worth the early start and the drenching. Curlew Sandpipers are a fantastic bird – stunning in their range of plumages with their elegant structure and long curved bill. The […]

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Return of the Tringa

A early morning quick visit to Hesketh was superb today – there had been a clear fall of waders with 2 Spotted Red and min 8 Greenshank feeding loosely together on one of the first pools. Also 3 juv Ruff and a couple of Whimbrel all in the first full sweep! A Great White Egret […]

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The usual tour around the Ribble sites this morning – felt very autumnal early on at Hesketh especially with my 1st Pintail (an eclipse male) back on patch, 50+ Wigeon and the same of Teal. A few waders knocking about including the singe Avocet that’s been resident for the last few weeks, 2 Greenshank, 8 […]

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Hokey Cokey

An early start at Hesketh and I was greeted with a rainbow as I pulled into the carpark – I knew it was a sign that the rain was coming, but it seemed dry so I started off up the path. A minute later and I was running back down it, cursing the demise of […]

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