Wet ‘n’ dry


0445 and the rain set in long before sun up this morning – and kept on coming throughout a Dawn Chorus event I led down at Sands Lake very early doors.
Didn’t take long before even the most Paramo-ed and Goretex-ed of those who turned up were drenched to the skin, but top marks to everyone who stuck it out until 0730, and tried to look interested as the rain sluiced off their bins and I attempted to explain the finer points of phyllosc wing formulae.
Nothing unexpected, but Chiffies, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler were giving it the beans despite the downpour.
A Common Sandpiper was whirring about the edges too.
Afterwards I drove up to Wheatear Corner for a glimpse of the marsh before brekkie – a single Whimbrel and an interesting looking pipit that soon dissolved into just a very pale Mipit as the rain intensified was all I could pull out of the murk.
I swung round and zipped onto Plex before coffee cravings won the day – 12 Whimbrel out there and several truly soggy Wheatears was the best of a wet job.


Once me kit had dried out and I was fed and watered, I popped out onto the mosses again late afternoon with bright sunshine bouncing off vast swathes of rapeseed oil on the Withins, Stock Doves, Lapwings and Wheatears, while Haskayne Cutting had plenty of Orange-Tips hurtling round from clump to clump of Cuckoo flowers, Peacock butterflies, Tree Sparrow, Chiffies and Blackcaps, but not a great deal else.
Just needed those Dotterel to realise the error of their ways and make the short flight from Wirral…how inconsiderate can a wader be???

3 thoughts on “Wet ‘n’ dry

  1. Tried (and failed) to get better pics of the Pectoral Sandpiper at Marshside this p.m., although I had good views of it from the flaps between Nels and the Junction Pool.
    Curlew Sandpiper, fewer Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Swift, Little Gull, Common Sandpiper etc.
    7 Whimbrel on Plex, with 16+ Wheatear.


  2. A great visit to Leighton Moss today. 57 Species seen between 10am – 5pm

    Pied Billed Grebe still present from Public Hide. At one point a L.B.B Gull swooped down at it. Luckily it dived and escaped.

    2 Marsh Harrier, was able to witness a food pass, then later on I saw the male bird in display flight.

    1 Spotted Redshank
    1 Whimbrel
    37 Avocet – may have been many more
    1 Garganey – male

    Lots of Sedge and Willow Warblers and a couple of Chiffchaff.

    1 Marsh Tit at the feeders


  3. Interesting day today. This morning at Birkdale LNR investigation of a flash of yellow in the undergrowth revealed one (and possibly two) Wood Warblers doing their best to stay out of the wind. Then this afternoon was spent in Nel’s hide in search of the Pectoral Sandpiper amongst the mob of small waders that were hunkered down against the stiffening breeze. Mainly Dunlin and Ringed Plover, after a couple of hours of painstaking scoping the Pec eventually briefly revealed itself amongst the Godwits. Then disappeared again. In the meantime variety was provided by at least two Curlew Sands, entertainment by the variety of plumages being shown by the Ruff, and the glamour by a male Grey Plover in near-full summer regalia.


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