Friday, September 25, 2009

Currently without photoshop...


...so here's a pretty awful cropped but unedited picture of a, erm, half-billed Dowitcher.

More about this some time next week when I have more time, plus all about my trip to Spurn...

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Baird's Sand

Giving stunning views this morning (with one of 6 Curlew Sands):


And in the afternoon, once the rain had gone from horizontal to nearly vertical:



Other highlights included some Manxies, some Turnstones, some terns, and being stuck on the M56 for 2 and a half hour on the way home thanks to a lorry losing its load of powdered glue. Just add (rain) water and everyone's stuck... Thanks to Chris for the company and for keeping me sane!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Pickerings Pasture

Not wanting to run the risk of crossing the Runcorn Bridge in 120 mph side-winds on my way to Frodsham, I opted for the safe option and stayed on this side of the river.
Pickerings Pasture is only about 10 minutes from home but is somewhere I don't really go. Probably cos there's no birds there. And the hide is a popular under-18's drinking area. And it's home to the most foul smelling sewage works in the world. But anyway. On the far bank of the river this afternoon there were 67 Black-tailed Godwits. From the hide at the far end, true to form, the 'scrape' had 1 bird on it. First a Redshank, which flew off, then a Black-headed Gull. Is there ever any more than one bird on there?
The marsh, however, was jam packed with birds. Admittedly, most of them were Canada Geese... and most of the rest were Lapwings and Starlings. Other non-notable species included a Woodpigeon, 2 Stock Doves, a Feral Pigeon, a Pied Wagtail, and a Greylag. Wader variation was provided in the form of 4 (adult) Golden Plovers, 1 juv Dunlin and 30 more Black-tailed Godwits (all juvs). As the tide dropped, a fair number of Curlew were feeding on the sandbanks.