Bean feast and famine


Things didn’t look too promising when our guided walk set off from Crossens this morning – despite a 9.9m tide, the outer marsh was never really threatened by inundation, which was what the lovely folk who joined me were hoping for.
There was still plenty to look at while the pitiless wind stole what warmth we had left in our fingertips as we walked south down the Coast Road, with two Ravens, Rock Pipit, three Common Buzzards, the big female Peregrine and the titchy Hen Harrier all on the outer marsh.
I shouted to make myself heard over the traffic, pointing stuff out and my guests gradually froze their bits off, but still listened politely as the cold seeped into their bones.


The inner marsh was surprisingly quiet (in Marshside terms that is – there were stacks of Lapwing, Wigeon and Teal, Blackwits etc).
Huge thanks must go to RSPB warden Alex and intern Barry for laying on tea and coffee at Sandgrounders, which defrosted us a tad before we set off again.
Merlin, small groups of Skylarks and the loose flock of Pinks were strung out before us as we trudged south.
Shame we didn’t have time to pop into Nels, but we were walking to a timetable, which of course went out of the window when we got down to Hesketh Rd and found a crew of birders ‘scoping a Tundra Bean Goose amongst the Pinks.
Gold stars and profound thanks to Andy Pryce, Bazzo, Trops, Skipper Rothwell et al for letting the group look at the goose through their ‘scopes – what birding is all about, share the joy…
Muchas gracias as ever chaps.


The Twite flock was mooching around off Fairways, occasionally landing on the seawall and the nailed down Med Gull was hustling punters for bread and scraps on the Marine Lake, immediately south of the bridge as usual.
Not bad as days in the office go.

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  1. The countdown has commenced for the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey – and more people in Merseyside than ever before are being called upon to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, running 28, 29 and 30 January 2017.
    The public are asked to spend just one hour watching and recording the birds and other wildlife in their garden or local public space, then send their results to the RSPB. As the world’s largest garden wildlife survey, now in its 38th year, more than half a million people are expected to take part in 2017.
    In response to many requests over the years, and for the first time in its history, people will also be able to take part on the Monday, extending the birdwatch to three days. It is hoped this will allow even more people to spend an hour counting the birds in their park or garden, adding to the snapshot of how they are doing.
    To help prepare for the Big Garden Birdwatch, there are plenty of events taking place in Merseyside this January – from discovering how to attract more wildlife into your garden to gaining tips on how to identify the creatures that live on your doorstep.
    On Saturday 28 January, join volunteers from RSPB Liverpool Local Group at Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool from 12-4 pm where they’ll be counting the birds in the park along with providing information, hints and top tips on how to participate in the Big Garden Birdwatch.
    Also on Saturday 28 January, over in Calderstones Park in Liverpool, meet RSPB staff from 10 am-4 pm. They’ll be on hand with Big Garden Birdwatch themed activities and information on how to take part.
    To take part, download your free Big Garden Birdwatch pack at
    Results will be published in March 2017.
    The parallel event, Big Schools’ Birdwatch takes place during the first half of spring term, 3 January–17 February 2017. Further information can be found at


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