Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Did my bit of the estuary counting wild swans this afternoon. Just the one big herd near the Douglas - 277 Whoopers, only 26 juv's in them but nice to see 2 adult Bewick's with them.
I had a bit of spare time to check Hesketh Out Marsh after checking all likely swan sites but it was a bit quiet really. Water Rail squealing from the ditch is always a good HOM bird with the autumn accounting for most of my records there so good to get one now. Otherwise there were two or three Merlins, a Peregrine, six Barwits in the two hundred or so Oycs on the Ribble and 700+ Golden Plover and 200+ Dunlins with Lapwings on the eastern fields, all pushed off the estuary by the high tide.