Another dull, blustery photo-less Ribble day today. Hesketh Out Marsh, flooded by the 9.7m tide was a little quiet with Merlin, Marsh Harrier, 41 Whooper Swans, 350 Golden Plover (in with Lapwings, off which there were at least 5000 on the estuary today), Grey Plover, several Snipe and 400 Dunlin the most noteworthy birds this morning on the marshes. A nice flock of 17 Eider on the Ribble as the tide rushed in was a fine sight.
A late afternoon walk with Angie and the pooch gave me another chance to grill the Marshside geese, but still no Beans. Plenty of Pink-feet of course and 24 Eurasian White-fronted Geese showing well on their usual Crossens patch (if only the Beans were as reliable). Fourteen Barnacle Geese out there, single Marsh Harrier on Crossens Outer and at least 5 Little Egrets heading towards the Marine Lake to roost.