White posts and waxwings

“Brrrrriiiinnnng….brrrriiinnng….brrriiinnng” went the two Waxwings as they scoffed berries from the central reservation on the A565 at Banks this morning as Neill and I watched ’em.
Lovely things as ever, if the racing traffic was a bit of a distraction.
Even better one of them (presumably a male, looking at the size of its crest), was colour ringed.
Who does that?
Yellow under metal (BTO) on the right leg, yellow, green and red on the left leg – see pics below.

The ringed bird had a pronounced “nail” on its bill tip too. Odd.
We watched the Waxwings for about 30 minutes or so, not forgetting to year tick the Banks Little Owl chilling on its barn on full zoom across the fields (don’t worry purists, I did motor round so we could “drive-by” tick it as well…).

Earlier we started off on the marsh with the young Scaup and Pochards in front of Nels at 60x hyper-zoom from the Hesketh Rd platform, Water Rail squealing in the SSSI ditch and at least three Sprawks in the area.
From the Sandplant the sub-adult male Hen Harrier was sitting out in the distance, two Merlin were hunting and Peregrine, 3 Marsh Harrier and Kestrels were about.
The Hen Harrier was a blob in the mist through the camera, but showed quite well via the ‘scope as an almost warm spell of all too brief sun got the Skylarks singing.

Distant blobbbage.
At least the white survey posts make finding birds easy peasy out there these days (assuming you know which white post folk are referring too).
Neill picked up a group of four Barnacle Geese with the Pinks, and two Stonechats were on the fenceline.
Post-Waxwings I drove out onto Boundary Lane in the badlands, where a herd of about 200 Whoopers held at least six Bewick’s Swans – there were possibly more as a few distant white lumps were dozing, heads and necks hidden.

After that we buzzed over to Martin Mere (hi Andy) before hatching a cunning and inevitably messy, beer-related Sunday afternoon plan…

6 thoughts on “White posts and waxwings

  1. Water Pipit back at Crossens this afternoon, in the usual place on the outer marsh opposite the Sewage Works. Also about 25 Pied Wagtails and 9 Meadow Pipits. All very flightly due to passing Merlin, Sparrowhawk, traffic, etc.

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  2. This Waxwing was ringed on 24/11/18 at Danestone, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.
    Seen at Balgreen, Edinburgh on 13/12/18, then today at Banks, Lancs, about 405km south of Danestone.

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  4. Hi John. Wandering through Coronation Park in Ormskirk this afternoon I paused to watch the usual mob of gulls mugging the ducks for the usual breadfest, and spotted what I at first took be a herring gull. I’m no gull expert, but quickly realised there was something “not right” about it, and it was the fact that it had greenish-yellow legs. The bird was virtually in full adult plumage, with just a few speckles of brown around the neck and mantle, and to my eye was a herring gull, except for those legs. It definitely looked odd. Any ideas?

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  5. About 10 Yellowhammers out on Carr Moss Lane yesterday in a traditional area, probably the closest site to Southport nowadays, that I know of. Also a good selection of other farmland birds around the area.

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