Hard on the eye, but not in a bad way.

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Once we’d cleared away the empties after Mrs D’s birthday festivities yesterday (It’s what “Big Joe’s Skip Hire Inc” is for) I nipped out for an hour or two, picking Bazzo up from Marshside at 1330 and tootling over to Martin Mere, where the superb adult White Winged Black Tern was dancing over Wood End Marsh, giving reasonable scope views (but it was a bugger to digiscope) from the North West Water/United Utilities Hide, whatever the thing is called.
Excellent find by Andy Bunting – thanks Andy.

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Eye-wateringly distant from the Ronnie Barker Hide (where we went first), but better from the United Utilities shebang.
While we were there, one of the Temminck’s Stints ambled out into the open, moving so slowly, like a midget grey tortoise with a nice clean breast band, you could still make out those stumpy little legs set far back on the body, its small head and attenuated rear end though – it’s the speck to the left of the sedge in this shot!!!

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I know, I know – long distance is hard on the eye, but not quite so painful when the birds are of this quality… Temminck’s Stint and White Winged Black Tern in the same scope view can only be a good thing.
At least four Little Ringed Plover about at the mere, and a pair of Common Terns.
All very satisfactory so far, so we called in to Curlew Lane on the way back to admire five Yellow Wagtails (three males and two females).
Strange to have to “twitch” these wonderful birds, but that’s what population decline means I guess.

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Corn Buntings and Skylarks getting us all nostalgic on this marvellous moss lane too.
Before Raccoonface’s birthday bash really got going yesterday I’d paid Plex and Haskayne Cutting a visit – Yellowhammers love sunshine, and three males were singing on the Cutting, with another one in song on the west side of Plex by the caravan site and a further two feeding on one of the ploughed fields.
Otherwise depressingly Cow Parsley summery, with Haskayne Cutting sporting a nice range of Marsh Orchids and Marsh Marigolds, but sadly just the ghosts of long gone Turtle Dove and Lesser Whitethroat.