A Peregrine terrorising waders at Weld Road, then Wheatear and singing Reed Warbler, Willow Warblers, Chiffies and hirundines early doors at Marshside today before I picked up Bazzo and we gave the golf course and reserve a proper spring looking at.
Blackcaps moving along the bank and footpath bushes on the golf course with more Willow Warblers and Chiffies suggested there was at least some movement going on during what at first glance appeared to be a fairly slow morning, apart from the warblers that have been on territory for the last week or so.
Seven Siskins through raised spirits further, as did growing numbers of hirundines.
The first winter Little Gull was still stuck in an infinity loop over the Junction Pool, and there were about 2,000 Pinkies on the outer marsh.
Three Great Crested Grebes were on the sea off Hesketh Road, out past the roosting waders.
Although the world’s slowest disappearing trick was still in full swing at the Sandplant, a bit of ‘scopage from the remaining high ground revealed an impressive 44 Eider on the rising tide, either in the shallows or up on the drier areas of the marsh out past Crossens.
Obviously numbers have been growing steadily on the Ribble for a number of years now, but that’s my best count for Marshside so far… 33 males and 11 females.
More hirundines, Willow Warblers and Chiffies later, and we made it to Nels, which was kinda quiet, but the regular waders were good, including some stunningly dressed Ruffs.
Love the goggles baby.
Singing Reed Warbler here as well as one cranking up in the SSSI ditch.
Sandgrounders was sloooooow, apart from a Common Sandpiper on the lagoon, so we buzzed up to Crossens, where seven Wheatears were at the top end of Crossens Inner.
Slowly but surely…