Things have been a little quiet over the last few weeks so apologies to all who check on the blog to see what has been seen around the area.
A morning walk around Stags Lodge on the 6th had good views of two calling male Bullfinches and a single female, the first time in a long while I seen them locally.
Also plenty of Great and Blue Tits calling and a single Robin around the pond. The afternoon I spent up at Cuerden Valley Park and though there was nothing new to report there were a vast number of calling Tits and Finches around the cinder path wooded area of the park. 3 Greater Spotted Woodpecker were in different parts of the park, one seen two heard. On the lake the lone Canada Goose has been joined by several others and I managed to see one of the 2 reported Great Crested Grebes in full summer plumage, the first time I’d seen them in a month or so.
On the 7th I managed a few hours up at Hesketh Out Marsh hoping to see the Grey Plover that have been reported seen on the reserves facebook page, I haven’t seen them before so would be a nice tick. The only raptors on show were 2 Buzzard over the old wall. Waders included 3 Curlew 20+ Redshank and 2 Black-Tailed Godwit amongst a flock of Shellduck which were in good numbers across the reserve. Other wildfowl included Mallard, Wigeon and Teal, no sign of any Swans or Geese though with the mist you couldn’t see to far.
Today I drove my favourite stretch of motorway (M40) as I headed back from the south counting 28 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. I’m working up at Seahouses over the next 2 days so hope to report back something if I get chance to look around.
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