Author: wadingthroughwigeon

Sweet 16

A blustery and wet morning session at Hesketh, was challenging and rewarding at the same time. The waders were constantly moving in the wind and with birds coming and going, it was very difficult to get any decent images. However, I managed to get up to 16 species which is not bad going. A few […]

Brick red

Another 5 hours on Ainsdale beach looking at waders, gulls and terns. More birds today with at least 10,000 waders – mostly Dunlin and Sanderling, but the earlier start meant a lot more Knot and Barwits. Lots of them still in their brick red breeding finery – why do so many waders have that as […]

Colours

8 freshly “in” Wigeon the only new birds at Hesketh – wow, they seem early! Still some nice birds knocking about that have been around for several weeks or longer – GWE, Goldies, Spotted Red, Greenshank, Common Sand etc etc but the pools are now too high with the recent rain and high tides combining. […]

Out of the Woodwork

Another bash at Hesketh first thing – the rain had dampened the feeding frenzy in the hedgerow, but the Spotted Red was still feeding in its favourite spot on Shelter. One of the fledged Arctic Terns was resting up on a raft, whilst a number of adults were screeching around the pools, generally attacking anything […]

White Sands

A superb (very) early morning visit to Hesketh before work was a real joy in the sunshine. The hedgerow is teaming with birds – I’ve never seen so many Common Whitethroat in one place, add to that a mix of Tree Sparrow, Yellow and Pied Wagtail, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, a single Willow […]

Muddy Waters

Inspired by the American waders that are travelling with the Dunlin flocks on the East coast, I tried my luck on the estuary this afternoon at high tide. Not a big one so a serious amount of trudging in the gloopy mud, at one point my wellies weighed more than I did. Eventually, after walking […]

The Circus is in town

A couple of hours at Hesketh first thing was a little damp. Quite quiet on the bird front too, but a few highlights. The leucistic Starling I found the other week was amongst the hordes and gave some quite close views, but I couldn’t get the camera on it – a very striking bird when […]

Young folk

Feeling decidedly ropey after a great night out in the village at Longton Live, I only managed to get out at around 10ish. So for some peace and quiet I spent half an hour with a small Dunlin flock, studying the couple of juvenile birds that were feeding in the mud. Lovely fresh feathers and […]

Up the junction

A few hours on the estuary this morning before Sadie’s birthday was really enjoyable. Hesketh was fairly quiet, but it was great to see the 1st fledged Arctic Tern of the year flying around the pools and then perched up on the fence – smashing looking bird. A few Yellow Wags flitting about, just a single […]

Tring the alarm

A brief, murky and early look at Marshside and Hesketh today – this sun now would have been nice, camera was working overtime to get any joy in the semi-light of this morning. Dreaming of Pratincoles and Lesser Legs, but satisfied with a nice range of waders and some peaceful birding. 3 Common Sands were […]