Thanks go out to Graham the warden for the reserve who showed a goup of us around on what was a very cold morning. Although we visit Marshside quite a lot on our trips out we took our first trip around the back of the sand plant and learnt the best places to look for certain species. Sightings on the 2 hour walk included 6 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 50+ Skylark (+ many smaller flocks across the marsh), Meadow Pipit, 20+ Linnet, Dunock, Reed Bunting, Stonechat, Song Thrush, Fieldfare, Redshank, Curlew, Wigeon, Pinkfooted Geese, barnacle Geese and a Blue Snow Goose (not sure if we can tick that).
ABOVE SONG THRUSH FEEDING VERY CLOSE AND BELOW MALE STONECHAT BOTH TAKEN NEAR THE SANDGROUNDERS HIDE BY REECE WITH THE LUMIX
Life tick for Reece when we sat in McDonalds drive through car park eating some 'lunch'. We searched through the Gulls and spotted a Yellow-legged amongst the Black-headed, Common and Herring Gull.
At Cuerden Valley Park yesterday we saw 3 Common Buzzard (2 of them at Stags Lodge), something we haven't seen in the area for at least 18 months. Back this afternoon at Stags Lodge a Common Buzzard was being mobbed by 2 Carrion Crow.