Category: Wading through Wigeon

Brief encounter(s)

A dawn visit to Hesketh yesterday looking through the duck, was interrupted when an wader flushed from one of the pools by the bank – it stayed fairly low, did a couple of circles quite close to me and then headed off towards the east part of the reserve where it appeared to drop in. […]

Goosing is the Anser

Really enjoyed the close up views of a flock of about 2,000 Pinks in Banks recently. Few things are more relaxing and absorbing than watching and listening to a settled goose flock feed. Highlight has undoubtedly been the Greenland Whitefront that’s been with them every time I’ve scanned the flock. There seems to have been […]

Easy Asio

An early start at Hesketh hoping for a repeat of the Wigeonfest from yesterday. The number of duck on the reserve at the minute is incredible, but the high tides have put a lot of water into the pools so they’re spread out and take a long time to work through. Highlight of the day […]

Dad’s gone to Greenland

After a family day out at Martin Mere, I had a really productive hour and a half at Marshside looking over Crossens Outer until dusk. The highlight was probably a neck collar Greenland Whitefront that was in with the Pinks, but it had some competition. The bird was just too distant and the light not […]

A smidgen of Wigeon

A late start despite the clocks changing, just couldn’t get out of bed this morning – must have been all those miles pounding the bank of the Thames looking for gulls last week. I got to Hesketh and wandered up to Shelter Pool. There was around 1,000 Wigeon on the pool or grazing on the […]

Hen’s teeth

After over a week away from patch following a holiday in London, it was nice to arrive at Hesketh at dawn this morning. The northerly wind was bitter, but there were plenty of birds on the pools and the air was full of whistling Wigeon and trumpeting Whoopers. Around 30 Whoopers on the reserve itself […]

They were all yellow

A couple of hours at Thames Barrier Park yesterday morning just after the early low tide. The harsh sunlight made viewing (and photographing) the birds difficult, but still managed 7 species of Gull and a nice mix of ages. Yellow-legged Gulls were the highlights – I just don’t get to see very many in Lancs […]

X marks the spot

Another 4 hour stint from dawn at Hesketh Golf Course this morning. Again, really enjoyable despite not really seeing much quality. Highlight was easily a party of 4 Crossbill that flew over reasonably low giving their distinctive call. They were heading east and came through at about 11.15am and provided a welcome reward for the […]

Beardie birdies

Despite the forecast torrential rain, I headed out at dawn and spent about 3 hours on a deserted Hesketh Golf Course looking for migrants. The only other person I saw was the Greenkeeper and he was wisely in a golf buggy. Still the bushes had plenty of birds in them with some nice tit flocks […]