Category: Wading through Wigeon

Casper the friendly ghost

Couldn’t resist a go at the gulls at Redgate Recycling Centre following recent photo’s coming from there. What a great site! 2cy Caspian, 2cy Iceland and plenty of argentatus Herrings in the mix including one bird with very reduced black in the wingtip. The Iceland gives ridiculous views and doesn’t spook when it is sat on its […]

New Year, same birds

Short blog post from a tour around the area today with a break in the middle. Hesketh this morning held a single Bewick’s swan in the Whoopers, a calling Spotted Red flying over the West, the 1cy male Hen Harrier hunting the inland fields and the American Wigeon did the decent thing and showed well […]

Super subs

After a nice family day out to Martin Mere, which was full of birds from the new hide, I had a couple of hours near Marshside this afternoon. First hour was spent watching gulls at the marine lake. Lots of Herrings of various ages, and a single LBB. The highlight was this beast of an […]

Old friends

A good scout round the Ribble area today and some quality birds, even if I had seen most of them before at some point over the last few weeks. Some of them, like the drake American Wigeon that I picked up at first light on Shelter Pool at Hesketh feel like old friends! Also a […]

7 Swans a swimming

Early start at a breezy Hesketh, and the reserve was full of ducks and geese. About 4,000 Wigeon on the West, but despite several goes at them I could only find 30+ Pintail and a female Shoveler. Like wise the Geese – just a neck collar Pink (VLX I think), the bird with the white […]

Eton Rifles

The Jam’s song on the stereo this morning on the way out was pretty apt – as I opened the car door at Hesketh the sound of guns from the outer marsh put a mass of duck up on the western part of the reserve. Thankfully they whirled around a few times, but then dropped […]

Easy for Smew to say

Another dawn start at Hesketh hoping for more views of the Dowitcher, but  not to be. The Wigeon numbers have greatly reduced with many now out by the river or on Banks, but there was still a thousand or so to work through. There were 5 Goosander on the West and a Spotted Red in […]

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 […]