If Er Neill was having problems dealing with the come-down from the yellow and green glory that was the Port Nis Wilson’s Warbler, he wasn’t showing it this morning when we took a stroll in the Lancastrian grey at Hesketh Out Marsh.
The chances of encountering anything as colourful here are decidedly slim, but the birding wasn’t bad considering the tide hadn’t bothered to rise yet.
Little Egrets, Grey Plover and Greenshank amongst the Redshanks and Curlew, while a young Marsh Harrier patrolled the old seawall.
We walked down the bank to look out onto the outer marsh,and although everything was distant, it was pretty good – two Great White Egrets, two Common Buzzard, a Short Eared Owl and no fewer than four Marsh Harriers.
Can’t remember seeing 4-5 Marsh Harriers at the same time on the Ribble before.
Celebrated with an award-winning (surely) digishot of one of the Great White Egrets.
It was quite a long way away Your Honour.
Perhaps 1,000 Pinkies grazing between HoM and Old Hollows, with a few Skylarks and Mipits passing overhead.
Peregrine cruising over Southport town centre as we headed home.