Peregrine, Pinks plus piles of poop and potatoes

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Once I’d blanked out the constant barrage from the nearby shooting wood, it was fairly peaceful on Hesketh Out Marsh today, barely any breeze, late afternoon light, and Little Egrets radiating fishing zen despite a fine Peregrine keeping an eye on proceedings from the back of the marsh.
A few thousand Pinks there, including a leucistic bird and two with neck collars on, but I couldn’t get the numbers in the fading light – I’m sure a regular has nailed ’em already.

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Kestrel and Merlin about as well as the Peregrine, with a herd of Whoopers on the road out to Hesketh Bank.
Yesterday I took a turn over the mosses, and came across some truly prodigious piles of manure and potatoes – now I’m no expert, but I think they’re something to do with farming.
If they’re not, someone has the mother of all cleaning up jobs looming on the Withins…
Back in the good old bad old days, these piles would be a magnet for Short Eared Owls in winter, but it was down to the Common Buzzards to go “rat prospecting” around ’em yesterday.

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Bird of the day today though was a Tree Sparrow at Dempsey Towers in Ainsdale – I’ve heard it calling for the last few mornings, but nine this a.m. was the first time I’ve had a glimpse of it – a garden MEGA, only my second in the back garden in 15 years, hope it sticks around.
The flock at HoM was nice and showy this afternoon too, swapping perching rights with Linnets just south of the car park.

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4 thoughts on “Peregrine, Pinks plus piles of poop and potatoes

  1. Had a drive across Plex Moss this afternoon (I see what you mean John about the road surface being better but the disaster potential pretty much the same). Apart from a couple of Kestrels it was pretty quiet, however I was on my way back to Ormskirk from Ainsdale beach, where a walk along the low tide edge was occasionally enlivened by the (to me) unusual sight of squadrons of Common Scoters buzzing the beach. Never seen this before – is it common?

    Tony

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    • Occasionally they come in close Tony, but generally the majority of the scoter horde floats about approximately half a mile offshore in a vast carpet between Ainsdale and Formby – thousands of birds that start building from the end of July each year.

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  2. Hi John,
    Great to see the blog back. Returned myself last week from a weeks holiday down in Devon and Cornwall, managed to get a few seawatches in and bit’s of birding. Back locally I had a 1st Winter Yellow Legged Gull on the Marine Lake, late afternoon on Sunday.

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  3. Late (-ish) adult Gannet offshore at Ainsdale first thing in the murk, with Harbour Porpoise, 2 Razorbill, Red Throated Diver and Great Crested Grebe amongst the scoter horde.

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