Raw thaw

Still plenty of ice around the edges and it was cold, despite the thaw at Marshside today, but at least the windchill was calming down, and dabblers could dabble again.
Shovelers of the world rejoice…
Bird numbers were correspondingly low, with flurries of BHGs dancing over the outer marsh around areas still flooded by the high tide earlier in the day, Snipe zipping around looking for somewhere to feed and a big female Peregrine sitting snooty aloof out near the mudflats.
A few thousand Pink Feet were strung out around Crossens Outer, with Wigeon etc and Skylarks were even trying to sing.

The light was poor though and by 3.15pm it was dark enough for the Barn Owl to be out hunting the bank from Marshside Road up past Sandgrounders Hide (blurry shot through a rain-streaked hide window below) and on towards Crossens.

Didn’t look at Marshside One – there’ll be plenty of time for that when spring rolls back in…not long now.


5 thoughts on “Raw thaw

  1. 1 Cattle Egret looking a bit lonely on the far side of the ‘usual’ field opposite Daisy Way on Moss Road, Birkdale late afternoon today on the way back from the Mere. Yesterday on a drive round some local mossland fields, I bumped into a field full of birds on Renacres lane near Shirdley Hill. Alongside 4 species of thrush, Lapwings and finches were 31 Golden Plover of which about 4 were nearly in full breeding plumage.

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  2. Five Redpoll in the alders at the south end of the green beach at Ainsdale this morning.
    Mercifully they flew off before I could get too close a look at them.
    For those who like Redpoll pain, it might be worth checking the old tideline under the seawall north of Weld Road to see if any are feeding there (they have used the site in early spring for the last few years).


  3. The barn owl was out hunting the same bank about 500m north of sandgrounders hide (flying towards it) at 6pm tonight. I’ve seen it there a few times and also on the other side of the coast road. Have also seen one at the end of the coast road crossing from outer Marsh towards the water treatment plant.

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  4. Adult European White Front with Pinks on Crossens Outer Marsh today, Little Stint still on Crossens Inner, a few Siskins over Hesketh Golf Course and a total of 12 Avocets.

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