I needed an outdoor hit whatever the weather today, so popped over to Martin Mere in the drizzle.
Quiet, but pleasant enough, with plenty of Pochard, Ruff, Lapwings and about 80 Whoopers as I chatted with Andy Bunting at In Focus.
A busy flock of Fieldfare were rippling through the stubble in the field opposite the entrance, while further down the track the resident Tawny Owl was one soggy, scowling critter today…
Out on the Reedbed Walk I could hear Water Rails, but got not a sniff of the Bittern or Bearded Tits that may still be lingering here.
Andy’s Sand Martin sneaked past me too… ah well, good days, bad days.
*No, I’m not sure what it means either…
52 Common Scoter, 3 Red Throated Diver and 2 Red Breasted Mergs during a rather damp, brief seawatch (1240-1330) on the falling tide at Ainsdale today.
Any confirmed Waxwing sightings in the area? Only, this morning a small flock (about 12) of something buzzed across Coronation Park in Ormskirk, and whilst the view was lousy, they sounded like Waxwings. Then later this afternoon, in Lydiate, the same thing happened, but this time I was in the car and couldn’t hear them, but the brief glimpse certainly looked like Waxwings. Anyone?
Not heard of any locally Tony, but the call is pretty distinctive.