Mud and feathers.

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No stars on the RBA map over Bardsey and a strong westerly meant planning for an early morning crossing and a spot of bunting hunting tomorrow was pointless, so I spent an hour or two at Marshside.
Bumped into Ralph Jones and we scurried down to Nels against the rain and wind – it was more like March than June this morning.
Water levels have dropped nicely and there’s lots of exposed mud, strewn with the moulted feathers of scabby wildfowl heading towards eclipse plumage, but a juv Ringed Plover was worth a grilling (they always are).

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About 25 Redshanks and a similar number of Blackwits were joined by small parties of Dunlin, two or three adult Ringed Plover and a few Curlew, but not much else.

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Best of all was a fly-through Great White Egret that headed high south west over Marshside One and Southport, that I managed to get in the ‘scope long enough for that great big yellow bill to shine in the hard light.
Three or four Little Egrets today too, Bee Orchids going over now near Sandgrounders Hide, Northern Marsh Orchids still showing off on Marshside Two and a Common Tern paid a brief visit to the lagoon.
Reed Warblers occasionally squawking away under Nels despite the reeds whishing about in the wind.

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4 thoughts on “Mud and feathers.

  1. Large Red Damselfly, Broad Bodied and Four Spot Chaser, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Warbler singing away, Common Tern etc etc at Mere Sands this afternoon.
    Almost felt like summer….

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  2. Good dawn session at Birkdale LNR this morning, still plenty of singing birds, in the portion of the reserve I covered – nowhere near the whole site; 12 Willow Warbler, 14 Whitethroat, 4/5+ Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 12+ Wren, 2 Reed Bunting etc etc. The number of singing birds a little down on the height of spring (double that number of Willow Warblers singing in the same area a month ago and most of the Chaffinches seem to have ceased singing), as we would expect by late June, but still plenty of song to enjoy. A family group of Jays were nice and Bullfinches are still popping up closer to the ‘main path’ than I’ve had them for a few years – they seem particularly obvious (vocal) at the moment and have been for a while. Also a very confiding recently fledged Willow Warbler – part of a family group of which the male wasn’t singing. I love June out on the dunes.

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  3. Hi John Jellyhead here! How do I get hold of a copy of the guide to the plants on THE SEFTON COAST. Saw it advertised on the Southport Visiter site. Trying to expand my little knowledge of coastal plants. Butterflies poor at the moment 13 species so far around the farm and local areas. Added Meadow Brown at a local site yesterday.

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    • Hi Si – I did the guide to 30 plants for a wild flower watercolour exhibition and walks I led yesterday. Will check if there are any spares and email you…

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