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.
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.