Aw c’mon…

The contrast to yesterday’s in-the-hand wader fest could not have been greater this morning as the Long-billed Dowitcher refused to come any closer than interstellar range as it lurked at the back of Polly’s Pool at Marshside RSPB.
Three times I’ve tried to get good views of this summer plumage stunner in amongst the Blackwits this week, and it still won’t play ball…
Very long distance blurs were inevitable today.

Stuart Darbyshire has fared far better, getting some wonderful views (and photographs) as it fed in the channels under the Marine Drive bank earlier in the week.
He kindly sent me this superb shot to drop into the blog, so we can all see what the dowitcher should look like…

Careful study of photographs from Iceland by Stuart suggests this bird moved north with the godwits in the spring and has come back down from Iceland with them after their breeding season.
The dowitcher seems happy enough with the godwit flock, so hopefully I’ll get closer views at some point, but if you’re going to look for it on Polly’s, don’t forget your ‘scope.
It looks lovely assuming you’re on full 60x zoom.
A Merlin was hunting out on the outer marsh earlier in the week, and Common Sands are piping about the channels.

4 thoughts on “Aw c’mon…

  1. After a right buffeting walking along the beach this morning it was lovely to return to Sands Lake via the green beach in the lee of the hedge, where the still(er) air was alive with gatekeepers, small skippers and a couple of speckled woods, along with astonishing numbers of common darters; they were everywhere! I did find myself feeling guilty about my ignorance of the flora though. The colours and variety on display are quite something, but aside from the stunning (IMHO) sea holly in full bloom and the delightful first flowers of the grass of Parnassus, I was generally clueless otherwise. Oh – and the wild sweet peas (?) of course. Definitely worth a look.

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    • The diversity of the Green Beach flora is breathtaking Tony, one of the bonuses of an accreting stretch of coastline between Ainsdale and Birkdale, although the Everlasting Pea (the sweet pea you mention) is an invasive we are still working out how to control.
      Young Wheatear on the roof of Ainsdale Discovery Centre this morning.

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