Category: Wading through Wigeon

5 spot

A few hours at Hesketh, Banks and Marshside this morning. I thought the tides, rain and winds might have dropped some waders, but it was hard going with very few smaller waders on offer. 5 Spotted Red the highlights at Hesketh, including a cracking juvenile. 8+ Greenshank, 3 Avocet, 500+ Golden Plover and a handful […]

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Greta Thunberg

The weather at dawn was much better than later on in the morning when it turned grey, wet and windy. The sun even threatened to take hold for a while before the stormy clouds rolled in on the brisk south westerly. A mass of hirundines twisting and turning over Hesketh East with Swallows, House and […]

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A Message to You Ruddy

One of those murky, misty mornings at Hesketh where the birds are forced in off the estuary and the place is full of birds. It’s always better when the weather is poor, and this morning it was brilliant. Excuse the pics – a real struggle! Terrible light and visibility first thing, but in position and […]

If it ain’t Ruff

Back from my week in London looking at gulls, it was a nice change to be back at Hesketh with a mix of waders. The water is still too high – Looks like Martin Mere is the only place in the area with good mud edges, well done Andy on the LBD, it looks like a cracker! […]

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Annual August trip to see my family in London, meant a few gulling trips to Erith to try and see one of the Casps that had been performing well earlier in the month. Also a great excuse to get close and study Yellow-legged Gulls – a variety of ages, shapes and plumages seen of this […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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