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Nice couple of year ticks 13th Jan

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (7)

A long over due visit to Moore NR paid off with excellent views of the male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, busy digging out a new nest hole in a dead tree stump, it was oblivious to anyone watching it at a fairly close range.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Moore NR 13th Jan 2014

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Hen Harriers and Short-eared Owls 21 st Nov

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Good views of at least 2 ringtail Hen Harriers pre-roost in low winter sunlight, also at least 4 Short-eared Owls in the area and 1 Barn Owl at an undisclosed site.

Ringtail Hen Harrier 21st Nov 2013

Ringtail Hen Harrier 21st Nov 2013

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Buff-belllied Pipit 28th Dec

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Not much birding has been done lately due to weather and the usual winter bugs, a brief visit was made for the drk Baikal Teal at Crossens Outer marsh, it was seen with Wigeon and Teal near the main southport coast rd after going missing for an hour or two, also seen were 2 Great White Egrets out on the marsh, but time was short and an appointment forced an early exit, with no time to see the Long-tailed duck at Marshside, still it was good to see a Mega not too far from hom...

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Last two days of Oct vis mig 26th + 30th

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

After a wet and windy day on 25th, conditions improved for some movement for southbound migrants, although a cloudy day and wind from the south-west, the following was recorded.


26th Oct 07.30- 11.30

Chaffinch  58                    Reed Bunting  8

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Nice bit of vis mig 24th Oct

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Light SE winds with clear northward skies, produce the best visible migration at this time of year, and with more variety in the species involved, todays total as follows.

Vis Mig 07.35-12.00


Chaffinch 234                    Pied Wagtail 19

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The Scillies 6th-14th Oct

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A return holiday to the Isles of Scilly, after an absence of 3 yrs, started unusually on the Sunday 6th, with the accomadation being from Monday-Monday, we travelled down Sunday morning, and we were able to get some birding in Cornwall, first stop Pendeen, where an adult male Daurian Shrike had been found on Friday.


We soon located the Shrike, on rough ground with gorse patches, it was catching insec...

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September in a nutshell

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a summary of what occurred during September at Seaforth, don't have the time to do it day by day, and a lot to catch up due to a new laptop and compatability problems with photoshop on windows 8, anyway, I have a new set up and I think i've got it sussed.

Juv Little Grebe being fed by an adult Seaforth NR Sept 2013


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End of August

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The last few days of  August were non eventful, very few migrants appeared, 7 Yellow Wagtails on 23rd, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff, 11 Wheatears and a small passage of hirundines south.

Juv Yellow Wagtail Seaforth NR 23rd Aug 2013

Juv Yellow Wagtail Seaforth...

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Juv Garganey 22nd Aug

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A few quiet days with just the usual stuff, wader numbers have dropped right off with the tide being lower, and everything looked the same as the day before, so it was nice to have a surprise in the shape of a juv Garganey, a bird that has become scarce again here at Seaforth, with the last record about 7-8 years ago, feeding outside hide A and showing well.

Juv G...

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Juv Little Owl 10th Aug

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A much cooler day than of  late with a brisk north-westerly and dull cloud, not ideal conditions for comfortable watching, but still a fair few birds about with 5ad + 2 juv Sandwich Terns, 2 Juv +  2nds-w Med Gulls and a very showy ad Kittiwake.

Juv Med Gull Seaforth NR 10th Aug 2013

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