Another half-decent morning. I was BBS-ing at RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh early doors today and just moving the car along Dib Road when a familiar shape came across the track in the form of a male Montagu's Harrier. Jumped out the car to watch this fine bird heading west towards Banks, no hunting and appeared to be losing height. Quick call to see who else was out surveying the salt marsh and luckily Graham Clarkson picked the harrier up heading out to the NNR, harried by gulls and Corvids. Nice yesterday near Martin Mere, better still on the Ribble today.
Not much to report from HOM apart from a pair of Arctic Terns carrying fish (maybe from the Longton breeding colony) and a few Common Terns.
Finished the morning with a session at Nel's Hide, Marshside where there were at least 5 Curlew Sandpipers (one about to take off pictured above) and 3 Little Stints with 150+ Dunlins. Single Ruff, LRP and Whimbrel on the marsh with the usual Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits and Redshanks.