Fast water

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The flow of water down the Crossens Channel was so impressive this afternoon that as I watched Teal and Wigeon whizzing down on the current, I couldn’t get the “Hawaii Five-0” theme tune out of my head – an awful lot of water is going down there…
In the cold wind one of the Great White Egrets was wandering about, but it was a long way off the road. Small groups of Pinks were far closer.

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Few Mipits, and many Lapwings (with an especially large winter flock on the outer marsh off HoM later on), while Marshside itself is obviously heavily flooded.
The waders (mainly Blackwits and Redshanks) were crowded onto the few remaining dry banks on Marshside One and a Pochard was feeding with the Tufties from Hesketh Road.
Out of the wind, a Common Buzzard was perched up under the willows – don’t usually see them stationary on M1, or at least I don’t.
You can just make it out on the fenceline in this pic.

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Weld Road was busy with dogwalkers as I went past, but it was reassuring to see that a “Gull Called Arse” (R4RS) was still present after all these years – it’s nothing if not reliable as far as Herring Gulls go.

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Merlin and Peregrine spooking everything on Marshside Two despite the bitter wind (I fear “the winter that never was” will soon be a distant, fond memory if these conditions continue) but it was tough to get inspired today.
Whoopers from the road out by Marsh Farm, and at HoM, Fieldfare and the resident Barn Owl to end the day.

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4 thoughts on “Fast water

  1. 4 Gadwall on Sands Lake early afternoon today, possibly my first on there. Also drake Shoveler and 2 drake Pochard, yet only 7 Tufties, I remember Pete Allen and I counting over 200 one day back in 1997, I’ve not done Sands Lake much since they introduced the parking charge, so was very surprised by the lack of Tufties. All very pleasant tho. Didn’t pick up the Casp in short look on the beach but we missed the tide.

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    • Thanks Chris – there were a few Gadwall on the lake last year, but Tuftie numbers are well down….that may change with the promised cold snap though.

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  2. Yet another quite spectacular wader day (mainly) north of Ainsdale along the green beach this morning. The high tide pushed everything close to the mini-dunes, and even with the dog in tow (leashed) the birds allowed a ridiculously close approach. Nothing exceptional that I could see amongst the many thousands of Knots, Dunlins, Sanderlings, Redshanks and Oyster Catchers, with significant numbers of Barwits and Grey Plovers and small groups of Turnstones, but the bonus was a flock of 8 Pintail flying south over the sea, and a Little Egret behind the dunes on the green beach. Add to this mix a windless morning with a bright blue sky and low sun, and the whole shimmering scene was just stunning. Felt like I was on me holidays!!

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