SNOW GEESE WITH GREYLAG COURTESEY OF MIKE FOLEY
The Snow Geese were also visible from the Eric Morecambe hide along with 3 Great White Egret. Waders included 25+ Curlew, 3 Dunlin, 30+ Redshank, 2 Greenshank and 50+Lapwing, Pochard, Wigeon, Shellduck, Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler rounded the visit up before moving off to the public hide.
REDSHANK, SHELTERING FROM THE RAIN? (CLICK TO EXPAND)
The public hide brought more 'ducks' with a single female Scaup, Pochard, Shoveler, Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Teal. A Greater Black Backed Gull flew over whilst 3 Cormorant roosted on the little island. There were also several winter plumage Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan and dare I mention the Coot that seem to gather in numbers here.
As I headed back south I called in at Pine Lake to see if I could see the Slavonian Grebe and this time much to Reece's disappointment there it was at the north end. Also on the lake were 4 Goosander, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe and yes more Coot.
ABOVE BLACK-HEADED GULL BELOW ROOSTING OYSTERCATCHER (CLICK TO EXPAND)
After Pine Lake I decided to pay a brief visit to Hest Bank. I say brief as even though the tide was in there wasn't much about as a springer spaniel was causing havoc as it ran up and down the area. I did manage to see several Redshank, Black-Headed Gull, 500+ Oystercatcher and the odd Lapwing. It's the first time I've been here but I'll call in again as you can view most of the area from the car if it's raining.
The last call was Conder and with the tide being so high I thought there might be more about but just the odd Redshank, Curlew and a single Oystercatcher on the creek. The lake was slightly better with 4 Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Redshank, Curlew and Goldeneye.