It was nice to get out for a few hours today after the miserable weather of late. We drove out to the Ribble Estuary calling in at Newton Marsh where there were plenty of Wigeon and Teal but little else of note. Clifton Marsh had a Stonechat but no sign of any Corn Buntings today.
Heading west we stopped off at the end of Bank Lane in Warton and spent a little time overlooking the saltmarsh there. Lots of Pink-feet in the air but as usual none settled on this side of the Ribble. A huge Raven "croaked" as it flew by and 7 Bewick's Swans headed north.
At least 6 Little Egrets out on the marsh and it wasn't long before we located the Glossy Ibis in the distance. Couple of Whoopers on a distant pool could be heard calling every now and then and a Peregrine made the odd fly-by from its perch but no sign of any harriers while we were there.
Granny's Bay from Fairhaven Lake.
As the sky darkened we headed towards Lytham and pulled in at Fairhaven Lake which was heaving with people out walking off their surplus Xmas pounds. A small raft of duck on the lake included a pair of Mergs, 21 Pochard, 5 Tufties and 4 Goldeneye. A single Dabchick was also present but no sign of any Scaup unfortunately. With plenty of people on the beach we resisted a walk there and headed back to the car.
Our return to Preston took us back through Lytham Moss where large herd of wild swans included 30 Bewick's and 82 Whoopers.