Spent the morning on the estuary at the excellent new RSPB reserve at Hesketh Out Marsh. Despite the rather showery start the morning turned out quite dry with some very welcome November sunshine.
A constant trickle of Pink-footed Geese overhead and 17 Whooper Swans were the wildfowl highlights this morning. Small party of Long-tailed Tits, Fieldfare, Reed Buntings and a couple of Yellowhammers in the hedgerows with 30+ Skylarks and at least 3 Brown Hares in the stubble. On the estuary itself there were spectacular numbers of Lapwings (3,000+), 250+ Golden Plover with smaller numbers of Snipe, Redshank and Curlew. Huge clouds of Knot on the horizon with 300+ Teal and Wigeon in one creek and a couple of menacing Peregrines over the salt marsh. A super UK winter birding spectacle indeed and undoubtedly the best of this reserve is still to come in the Ribble Coast & Wetland Regional Park.