Wary

Small numbers of Redwings were sighing and circling around Ainsdale this morning, and with birds heading north, south and west it had the feel of a classic thrush overshoot.
So I was surprised when I didn’t pick any more up along the coast in the bright sunshine – Skylarks and finches moving, but no thrushes.
Marshside was a bit nippy, but the hard light that often accompanies a northerly wind, revealed a few dozing Golden Plover on Crossens Outer, amongst the Wigeon, Teal and Lapwing.
I called into Martin Mere to pick up a copy of the Lancs Bird Report and say howdy to Andy at In Focus, but the hides were frankly quite noisy and I didn’t stay long.
Plenty of Pinkies about though, Marsh Harriers and at least three shivering Avocets.

A detour to Haskayne Cutting was just what the doctor ordered – at least 15 Redwings, 10+ Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrushes and 10+ Blackbirds were gorging on hawthorn berries as they do, but the wintering thrushes were remarkably skittish.
Up to 12 Corn Buntings and two Yellowhammers watched me from the overhead wires as I tried to get close to the migrants, but in the end the best strategy was to hunker down and let the birds come to me.
More Fieldfares and Redwings were swooping in over the fields from the east.
Goldcrests and Robins made the wait a whole lot easier, and huge skeins of Pinks appeared to be dropping onto Carr Moss to the north.

Getting close to these nervous birds is always a privilege of course.
Back at Dempsey Towers, Redwings began sweeping into the trees to roost in the late afternoon, so I guess that’s probably where the birds had come from first thing too…