|Hesketh Out Marsh RSPB, 12 January 2013.|
|Great Crested Grebe, Longton Brickcroft NR, 13 January 2013.|
Not much to shout about but I think this is the fourth winter I've watched this local site and its my first record of Pochard. The downside of this is that in Foot It terms it just replaces the female Goldeneye that did a bunk just after Christmas. The next stop produced Water Rail in the reeds, Jays, some very vocal Bullfinches and I noticed the Great Crested Grebe has started collecting nest material on the southern pit. That little platform should be collecting snow quite nicely as I write.
|Longton Brickcroft NR, 13 January 2013.|
I then set off for Longton Marshes, hoping to be on the seawall as the ten metre tide covered the marshes. My route is above - south along Liverpool Rd with a little detour through the park and the reserve; head west towards the Douglas; meet Mrs B and the dogs by the Dolphin PH (no time for booze) and head north towards the Ribble, returning home in time for the Arsenal game.
My highlights were Corn Buntings (two flocks - 51 and 21), a flock of 25 Stock Doves, 45 Whooper Swans (Hutton Marsh), 2 Little Egrets, 2 Gadwall, a Brambling with 25 Chaffiches, 8 Grey Partridges and 2 Grey Plovers with Dunlins as the tide flooded the marsh and pushed them close to the bank.
The snow started as we neared home and I arrived indoors just in time to see Koscielny sent off in the game against City.
Walked over 7 miles today and spent 6 hours looking. I'm up to 74 Foot It species now. I predicted 80 for January.