Author: wadingthroughwigeon


Amazing how a couple of decent birds can make all the hard work, early mornings, freezing wind and many hours of fruitless trudging worthwhile. 6 early morning and evening sessions over a 5 day period had pretty much drawn a blank until this morning. Yes, its great to have the Willow Warblers back and listening […]

L R Please

A stellar start to the day as I picked up an Osprey over the out marsh whilst driving down Marine Drive at Marshside – a “temporary” parking spot later, and I manged a rubbish record shot as it headed across to Blackpool. The golf course was pretty quiet, but it was a lovely morning to […]

Around the world in 8 top geese

Still having the sheer volume of geese on Crossens and Banks in April is fantastic. Some simply superb goosing to be had at the minute and some cracking birds seen with Pete & Mark today. Goose around the world…. Melville Island, Canadian High Arctic – Grey-bellied Brant (Banks Marsh) North America – North American Canada […]

Mother knows best

After a lovely morning in Lytham with the family, I managed a couple of hours with the geese at Marshside late afternoon. The birds are still concentrated on Crossens Outer and Banks, gorging on the rich salt marsh grasses before their journey North. Small flocks constantly on the move, with the occasional large scale aerial […]

Double Trouble

Didn’t feel too Spring like at 6am on the Golf Course this morning and the light was really dull, but a few nice birds knocking about. The adult Med with the bad leg was on Southport Golf Links this morning – here’s an image of it from yesterday on Hesketh Golf Course. Several Redpoll through […]

White Russian

More goosing today – its great that we’ve had another influx and I’ll watch them as much as I can before they go. I enjoy spring migration at Marshside, but it’s always tinged with sadness as the goose throngs depart for their northern breeding grounds – I’d love to go to Iceland to watch them […]

Big fun

Big fun with the big spring tides. A few highlights as follows: Hesketh Road/golf course – adult Med Gull and 2 Cattle Egrets, several Chiffchaffs singing, 6 Siskin The 2 Scaup still at Junction Pool and 1st Wheatear of the year on the Sand Plant Hesketh Out Marsh – 45 Avocet, 3 Spotted Red Banks […]

Anas horribilis

The awful weather continues, but had a few hours at Hesketh this morning to combat the cabin fever. Torrential rain and strong westerlies make it hard to bird the west side, but I fancied a look at the waders. A decent selection on there with 2 Greenshank, 6 Dunlin, 13 Avocet and a lot of […]

60 minutus

A morning of swimming and sliding at Splashworld in Southport with the family was fun – especially with the double rain downpour happening through the window. Even managed an adult Med flyby from the top of the building whilst waiting to go down one of the spiral slides. We drove past Crossens twice and each […]

Sea breeze

A windy one this morning, with optics getting blown about and horizontal rain first thing. So pictures are terrible, but the birding was surprisingly enjoyable.  It started well with superb views of the large, pale, 1st winter Peregrine that’s been on the marsh all winter. It terrorised the duck on Polly’s and Rainfords for about […]