I had Friday off for a few afternoon beers watching the Cheltenham Gold Cup with mates so took the opportunity to do some birding first thing. Hesketh now has 2 Spotted Reds, one of which was starting to moult into its summer finery. Still plenty of other waders on offer, but the bitter easterly wasn’t conducive for a pleasant stroll along the sea wall.
On the way to Marshide, the geese were still in the same field as last weekend, so I changed my plans and spent an hour looking at them instead of visiting the marsh. No Whitefront, but did find one of the now regular orange-legged Pinks and also a neck collar bird “LCT” before I went home via the bakers for some stomach lining.
Today was a bit of a write off due to a slight(!) hangover. Managed an hour this afternoon at the marine lake and Marshside. Male and female Scaup still on Rimmers, and the marine lake was full of Herrings including a ssp argentatus with yellow tinged legs, yellow orbital ring, darker mantle and a nice P10 .
Also another Yorkshire colour ringed bird to go with one I had a couple of weeks ago.
Ended the day at Wildfowlers pull in and managed to finally see the Water Pipit near the stone trough – unfortunately it wouldn’t play ball for a photo – this Snipe was a bit more obliging.