Too much fresh air…

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Didn’t feel too bad out on Churchtown Moss this morning – I’d picked up Bazzo earlier and we wandered out to check the tree nursery areas, which were quiet apart from a Fieldfare and Redwing or two.
More exposed at Marshside, with good numbers of wildfowl being spooked by a bulky female Sprawk from Nels.
Only a small gull roost and a few Lapwing, Golden Plover, one Ruff, Curlews and Redshanks etc. Skylarks out on Rainford’s Track.
Pushing on we headed towards Hesketh Out Marsh – it started to get really Baltic once past the Crossens roundabout but there were still about 200 Whoopers with at least eight Bewick’s Swans in the roadside fields by the Marsh Farm access track.

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After admiring them for a few frozen minutes we pushed on to HoM and a bracing walk along the bank.
Four Bewick’s Swan with a few Whoopers there too, Tree Sparrows and a Stonechat as well as the wintering wildfowl, but the Greenshank was hard to watch in the strong winds, even when it went to roost poolside at the bottom end.

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4 thoughts on “Too much fresh air…

  1. Hen Harrier over Carr Moss Lane on Saturday lunch time, moved across quite high and distant but the silhouette, shape and flight were unmistakeable. It dropped in front of a very distant copse and was probably a ringtail, but light and distance made picking out features difficult. Also 3000 Pinkfeet, 60 Whoopers, 10 Fieldfare, 50 Lapwing and a Little Grebe around the Halsall Moss area but few small birds except for a few Pied Wgtails due to the wind.

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  2. We’ve had a Grey Wagtail visiting our small Ormskirk garden for the last two days, and an interesting walk on the beach at Ainsdale this morning. A group of 3 swans – Whoopers I guess – flew into view around the Formby Point area then struck out strongly across the sea towards Blackpool until lost to sight; then a group of five male Eiders flew north west parallel with the shore; finally, what I think was a Bonxie flew strongly again to the north west above the sand dunes. I can’t be sure of the last and wondered whether anyone else had seen it, at about 9.30ish.

    Tony

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