14/04/2017 Houghton Green Pool

Yellow Wagtail: There has been some new arrivals at the pool, including this gorgeous Yellow Wag a dozen or so Sand Martians and a few Swallow.




I was hoping to record the first Yellow Wag of the year however that accolade goes to Martyn Jones who picked it up on the 9th, with some cracking images to boot!

09/04/2017 Marshide RSPB, Southport

Meadow Pipit: Another nice day out with some stunning blue skies and warm weather - I could get use to this!


I was hoping to see Shropshire's Night Heron and spend the day at Venus Pools, however it seemed like the bird did a bunk and disappeared in the night.
Wheatear: So hoping to see my first Wheatear of the years and wasn't disappointed as I counted four individuals foraging around the sand works area. This seemed a popular spot, as there were birders all over the place.
The sand works area is directly Sandgrounders Hide on the opposite side of the road, this is a nice area for mipits, Skylark, Linnet and the odd Ringed Plover.
Avocet: After wandering around the sand works area I ventured over to Sandgrounders Hide where I was confronted by a frenzy of Black-headed gulls with hundreds of them squawking away.
Mediterranean Gull: But take your time and look through the mass of black heads and you will see med gulls. I counted four two very distant and two petty close in that were displaying to each other.
Overall It was a nice day out and I was very pleased that I left the house early as the traffic through Ormskirk towards Southport in the afternoon was horrendous, I was glad I was travelling in the opposite direction.

08/04/2017 Wiagn Flashes

Reed Warbler: I rarely  come to Wigan Flashes, I'm not sure why as on a day like to day the place is buzzing wit wildlife. Brimstone Butterflies, Redpoll, Sand Martins, Cetti's, Blackcaps, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, the place was full of things to see!
I came to see the 1st Winter LTD that was found this morning by Ken Dunning, but got distracted on the way by my first Reed Warbler of the year who was singing away in the reed bed next to Pearson's Flash.
Willow Warbler: Then by a Willow Warbler who put a supurb show singing and flycatching. 
Long-tailed Duck: Eventually I made it to the LDT who sat far out on Pearson's Flash and was busily bathing and splashing around. 

I watched it for about an hour, hoping it might come closer before finally giving up and to enjoy the sunny walk back to the car. 

07/04/2017 Houghton Green Pool

Little Ringed Plover: From Pennington Flash I decided to check Houghton Green Pool out, hoping the first Yellow Wagtail or LRP.
I struck lucky with the LRP as there were two individuls forrgaing around the edge of the pool one of which came right up to me before flying off to the other end.
My luck didn’t hold however as I was unable to locate any yellow ways, and I got some funny looks from a pair of dog walkers who were pointing at me as I lay down on the muddy banks of the pool, taking pictures of the plover.

07/04/2017 Pennington Flash

Lapwing: A pleasant day spent birding locally starting off with the morning at penny, were I was hoping to see the Drake Garganey that has been on site for a couple of days.


But alas It had I missed it by an hour or so as the bird out of sight from the spit near Horrocks Hide.
Little Ringed Plover: Still there was plenty to see, including two Common Sandpiper, three Little Ringed Plover, two Shelduck and I also had my first Swallow of the year.




Horrocks was typically busy with birders all gabbing away so much so that I was actually surprised that a LRP came all the way down from the top end of the spit right under the hide despite the decibel levels.







Redshank: Struggling to out do the guys in the hide a Cetti's Warbler was singing from the right hand side of Horrocks.
These two were getting rather frsicky!

05/04/2017 Donnington Wood, Telford, Shropshire

Iberian Chiffchaff: Not 'just a chiffy with a wacky song' this was my first Iberian Chiffy and although there seems to be a notable influx of Iberian Chiffy's in the UK at the moment you don't get too many knocking about.
I have been informed that this individual is the first ever instance of a reappearing bird in UK as last year there was also an Iberian Chiffy in the same location.


The bird was singing alomst constantly, mostly it was singing it's diagnostic sub-song but on several occassions it did burst out it's full Iberian song.

Lovely sounds and songs and a very lovely little brown job!