|Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve 18 January 2013.|
|Goosander, Hesketh Out Marsh 19 January 2013.|
Hesketh Out Marsh did produce a couple of good birds though. The redhead Goosander there Saturday morning was only my second HOM record, despite frequenting the River Douglas nearby. The adult European White-fronted Goose on the outer edge of the RSPB reserve with a few Greylags was a welcome sight too, especially as there are no Pink-footed Geese feeding in the area at the moment. The likelihood of me finding a Bean or even a Barnacle Goose at HOM looks slim unless some Pinks come to feed in the next few weeks. Ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Merlins, a few winter thrushes (at last), a pair of Gadwall and 120 Golden Plover looking for some soft ground were the only other noteworthy birds at HOM.
Here's hoping for better .....