Category: Wading through Wigeon


Today was all about wildfowl – I must have walked 3/4 of the sea wall between Hesketh car park and Crossens today scanning the Geese and Wigeon flocks. The recent spring tides have refreshed Hesketh and the pools are now all full to the brim with both water and birds. At least 5,000 duck on […]

Spring break

These big spring tides at Marshside are great – highlighting the sheer number of birds out there on the marsh. Raptors are always the stars – Short-eared Owl, 2cy and 3cy male Hen Harriers, multiple Merlins, Marsh Harrier + the commoner species The 3cy male Hen is a stunning bird, its plumage almost male Marsh […]


An early morning start at a dingy Hesketh hoping the recent cold weather and easterly winds had brought something new in.  Fewer birds than of late, but a female Hen Harrier at the West end (see what I mean about the light) was a nice start. Also at that end were c3,000 Pinks and a […]

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 […]