Sunday, 19 December 2010
Braved the icy conditions this morning for a bit of birding on the Ribble. RSPB Marshside was under a blanket of snow as expected but the Pink-footed Geese were making the best of life out on the saltmarsh. Three Merlins were out there too, but not many Skylarks for them to hunt and a few larks even tried their luck on the frozen Marine Drive avoiding cars narrowly.
With most of the estuary bid presumably out on the distant banks of the Ribble I decided the marine lake might be worth a look. The ducks were gathered once again on an unfrozen patch at the north end, huddled together close the platform.
Most were Coot but there were Tufted Ducks, Pochard, Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Teal, Pintail and a Black Swan with the Mutes. It was sometime before I located the drake Scaup (above) so I thought I'd give them another scan but failed to pick out anything new. Plenty of time though .....