Thursday, 24 March 2011


I was over Southport way t'other day having a spot of lunch in between surveys and just happened to time it right with a mega high Spring tide. Up at the Crossens Marsh end looking over towards Blackpool way the salt marsh was gradually disappearing before our eyes under the encroaching Irish sea. Thousands of waders, ducks and geese were moving ever closer inland then taking flight to move onto Marsh side RSVP reserve and safety.
Several thousand Pinkies were still around (birds I've probably seen ten times over this winter) and in amongst them a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Barnacles and a rather obliging (thank heavens) Tundra Bean Goose.

spot the Bean Goose

a highly cropped shitty image of a rather good bird for the Southport local patchers.
Out on the flooded salt marsh a Ring-tail Hen Harrier, fem Merlin and male Peregrine were having a field day munching on the washed out voles and stuff.
Just down the road and across from the free car park by the sand plant another good value duck was performing well to the gathered masses...a 1st winter drake Lesser Scaup no less.

formation duck display team Junction Pool, Marshside RSVP

back to work...


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